Research, Surveys & Forecasts


An 'Ensemble Model' for Student Analytics: Driving Academic Success in the Community College

"There's been a sea change in community colleges, from a sole emphasis on providing an access to education for all, to placing a much greater, additional emphasis on the students you have already admitted," according to South Orange County Community College District Vice Chancellor Bob Bramucci. In this interview, he tells Campus Technology's Mary Grush how SOCCCD is expanding its toolchest for student success, why that's more crucial now than ever, and what the institution is doing to help other colleges do the same.

Stanford Engineers Build Computer with Carbon Nanotubes

Engineers at Stanford University have created a small computer using transistors built with carbon nanotubes rather than silicone.

Federal Research Funding Drops 9 Percent in Latest Data

New data reveal that annual federal funding for research has dropped 9 percent in the post-stimulus era, losing about $6 billion after 2010, with no overall improvement expected at least through 2013.

Researchers Get $12.5 Million To Study Network Complexity

The United States Army has decided that investing millions of dollars into research that examines why an outage in the power grid might cause failures in gas distribution several states over or how a malicious tweet could bring down an entire stock market system is worthwhile. The focus: to better understand behaviors of collective phenomena in complex systems — networks — and figure out how they can be controlled.

Who Doesn't Use the Internet: the Elderly, the Poor, and the Uneducated

According to a new report released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 15 percent of American adults do not use the Internet. Age, income level, and educational attainment were all strongly tied in with usage patterns.



Hacking the Classroom: Purdue U's Approach to Augmented Learning

Informatics Director Kyle Bowen explains how Purdue U is once again "hacking the classroom" by tying together the disparate apps and devices students bring with them, all in an effort to improve the ways in which technology can enhance teaching and learning.

High-Performance Computing Sees Surge, Led by Sub-$500,000 Systems

The lower end of the high-performance computing segment saw a double-digit surge in the second quarter of 2013, helping to propel HPC as a whole to a 34.7 percent increase in systems delivered from the same period a year ago.

Report: Tablets Will Outsell PCs by 2015

Tablet shipments will outpace PC shipments for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corporation.

Mobile Device Thefts Rampant on College Campuses

For the second year in a row universities are the fifth most popular location for thefts of mobile devices to occur in the United States.

Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism

Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism. Based on a new study, the largest to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs, "inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not." The study also set out to find whether technology-led instruction among inmates could cut down on recidivism as well as teacher-led instruction. The results were positive.