Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Report: Most Common Diversity Practice Targets Underserved Students to Apply

Sometime during its 2015-2016 term the Supreme Court will be revisiting the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case, in which a white woman accused the school of discriminating against her on the basis of her race. Against that background, a new research project has examined the diversity strategies employed at 338 non-profit four-year institutions. Researchers at the American Council on Education's (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) found that six out of 10 of the "most selective" institutions consider race in admissions.

Cloud IT Investments Still Rising

Public cloud investment is on a fast-track, private cloud spending is up, and non-cloud IT infrastructure spending is flat. That's the appraisal of International Data Corp. (IDC) in its "Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker."

Report Proposes Changes for Educator Prep Programs

All students, particularly those with disabilities, would benefit from stronger licensure standards for teachers and principals, identification of key skills for new teachers and more rigorous educator preparation programs, according to a new report from the University of Florida and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

PC Sales Continue To Drop Despite U.S. Growth from Apple, Lenovo

The global PC market continued to decline in the second quarter of this year, according to a recent report from International Data Corp., shipping 66.1 million units, a reduction of 11.8 percent from the same period last year.

Report: Global Device Shipments To Hit 2.5 Billion in 2015

Worldwide device sales will reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, according to Gartner, a 1.5 percent increase over 2014 totals.



Report: Learning Commons Feature 6.8 Group-Collaboration Rooms on Average

The average number of group-work rooms in college and university learning commons is 6.8, according to a new study.

Report: Online College Students Choose a Program and Institution Before Applying

The average online college student contacts only a couple of schools during their selection process, and 62 percent select their program of study before choosing an institution, according to a new survey from The Learning House and Aslanian Market Research.

Report: Skills Gap Increasing in Higher Ed-to-Business Talent Pipelines

Employers are struggling to find college graduates with the necessary skills for their jobs, according to a new report from the Human Capital Institute.

Report: Technology Purchases Driving up Back-to-School Shopping Budgets

Parents are spending more on school supplies this year, mostly for technology purchases, according to a new Consumer Pulse survey from Rubicon Project.

Study: Smartphones Detrimental to Learning for First-Time Users

First-time smartphone users in a recent Rice University and U.S. Air Force study found that the devices were actually detrimental to their ability to learn.