Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Admissions Officers Check Social Media Pages, Students Don't Care

Two surveys find respondents saying admissions officers are more likely to check applicants' social media activity but that students aren't worried about what they'll find.

Campus Physical Security Spending To Top $1.1 Billion Within 4 Years

Annual expenditures on surveillance and access control systems in education will reach more than $1.1 billion by 2018.

Report: Internet of Things To Reach 25 Billion Units, $264 Billion by 2020

The number of objects connected to the Internet and in use will grow 30 percent from this year to next, for a total of 4.9 billion, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner, and will hit 25 billion by 2020.

Report: Teacher Prep Courses Easier Than Other Majors

Teacher candidates are significantly more likely to graduate with honors than other students owing to less rigorous coursework, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Classroom Tech, Professional Development Top List of Faculty Concerns

When social media-using faculty were asked to cite their biggest concerns for education, what topped the list were technology in the classroom and professional development.



iPad Drops Off as Tablets Continue To Make Gains, Propelled by Education Spending

Back-to-school spending in the United States helped to maintain the double-digit growth of tablets worldwide, according to newly released preliminary data for the third quarter.

Smart Phones Hit All-Time High as Samsung, Apple See Mixed Results

In a record-setting quarter for smart phones, the two top manufacturers saw their share erode as Lenovo, LG and newcomer Xiaomi experienced double- and triple-digit gains, according to preliminary data released by market research firm IDC.

For Mobile Users, Positive Safety Messages More Effective Than Security Warnings

Ratings of the security risks associated with smartphone apps affect users' decisions whether to install those apps, but information about the safety of an app is more effective than information about its risks, according to researchers from Purdue University.

3D Printer Shipments To Double Annually Through 2018

Global shipments of 3D printers will more than double next year to reach 217,350 units, according to a new forecast from market research firm Gartner.

Social Mobility Index Rates Colleges by a New Measure

What do universities in Montana, New Jersey and Florida have in common? They hold rankings one, two and three, respectively, in a new "social mobility" index that measures the impact an institution has on helping lower-income students enter careers that promise livable earnings.