Research, Surveys & Forecasts


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.



Report: 4 Scenarios for Future Credentialing Systems

Methods of documenting the knowledge and skills of students and employees could change dramatically over the next 10 years, according to a new report from KnowledgeWorks, a nonprofit organization that works with schools and communities to foster personalized learning.

College-Bound High Schoolers Finding Favor with Online Options

College-bound high schoolers are showing more interest in the blended model of instruction and less interest in going for the all face-to-face approach. That finding surfaces in the latest edition of Eduventures' annual "College-Bound Market Update Report."

Research: Standing Desks Keep Students Better Tuned In

Children who stand at their desks instead of sitting stay on task better, according to a new research project by a team at Texas A&M University.

Count of Schools Going Outside To Launch Online Degree Programs Rising

Universities are increasingly turning to outside companies to help them launch new online degree programs. In fact, higher ed research and advisory firm Eduventures has identified at least 26 companies — known as "online program management (OPM) providers" — currently operating in this space. The data comes out of a series of reports Eduventures recently published for its member institutions.

Financial Aid Offices Burdened with Compliance, Seek Federal Relief

Paperwork related to regulation is impairing the ability of financial aid staff to help college students. That's the conclusion in a report aptly named, "2015 Administrative Burden Survey," produced by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.