Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Report: Competency Ed Needs To Show 'Credible Evidence' To Prove Validity

While many competency-based education (CBE) programs do a decent job of documenting the competencies students need to master and the types of assessments used to measure student proficiency, that doesn't go far enough, according to a new report on the topic of assessment in CBE.

Partnerships and the Future of Research Universities in America

Freeman Hrabowski considers the need research universities have to become more inclusive in terms of working with agencies and other partners at multiple, different levels.

Study: Online Ed Execs Need More Accurate Measures of Students' Career Success

According to a recent survey, executives of online and professional higher education programs want to change the way they evaluate the career success of their graduates.

Charter Organizations Developing Their Own Teacher Education Programs

A new report from a research organization focused on disruptive innovations has examined how charter management organizations (CMOs) in K-12 have created their own teacher education and certification programs to help create the kinds of teachers they want to hire for their schools. Their reasoning: "Teachers who graduate from most traditional teacher education programs lack the skills needed to teach successfully."

Laptops Expected To Be Biggest Higher Ed Tech Expense in 2015

IT spending by colleges and universities in the United States is expected to hit $6.6 billion for 2015. The biggest single area for technology spending will be laptop computers at $1.3 billion, which will consume about 20 percent of the total outlay.



MIT's Initiative for the Digital Economy Taps First Partner

MIT's Initiative for the Digital Economy has added a private partner as its first member.

Punishment Trumps Rewards in Learning Behavior Experiment

A study conducted at Washington University in St. Louis determined that students were more likely to take punishment seriously after they thought they made a mistake than rewards when they thought they had gotten a right answer.

Carnegie Mellon's Poker-Playing AI Loses Tournament

Claudico, an artificial intelligence (AI) program created at Carnegie Mellon University finished in second-to-last place in the "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" exhibition tournament that began on April 24 at Rivers Casino in Pennsylvania, but the difference in score is not large enough to be statistically significant, according to information from the university.

Global Survey: Students Want a Bigger Focus on Career Outcomes

For the second year in a row, a majority of students all around the world stated that they believe the primary purpose of education is to improve their employment prospects. In fact, they have some specific advice for the colleges and universities they attend: Foster an entrepreneurial atmosphere and teach soft skills.

Report: Tablet Sales Decline for Second Straight Quarter

Global tablet shipments have declined for the second straight quarter, according to a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC). The 5.9 percent drop in the first quarter of 2015, as compared to the same period last year, followed a 3.2 percent year over year drop in the final quarter of 2014 that was the segments first contraction ever.