Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Study: Switching Majors Increases Graduation Rates

Contrary to popular belief, switching college majors can actually increase a student's likelihood of graduating, according to a new study from the EAB.

Report: Students Shun New Textbooks to Reduce Education Expenses

A new survey from CampusBooks.com analyzes student loan debt, textbook costs, use of electronic devices and more.

MindTap Mobile App Offers Offline E-Reader Capabilities

Cengage Learning added additional features to its MindTap Mobile app, including the ability to download textbooks onto smartphones in 10 seconds or less.

PAR at Hobsons: Joining Research and Predictive Models with Real Time Data

Just eight months ago, Hobsons announced its acquisition of the PAR (Predictive Analytics Reporting) Framework. Here, CT talks with Ellen Wagner, Chief Research Officer for the PAR Framework and VP for Research at Hobsons to get a brief update on the current work of PAR.

Longer Videos Are OK for Millennials

While shorter is better when it comes to videos for some audiences, the rapidity of Snapchat-like videos (which limits a recording to 10 seconds) apparently begins to wear on viewers as they age.



Report: 3D Printing Market to Double by 2020

Research: 3D Printing Market to Double by 2020

The 3D printing market will reach $35.4 billion in 2020, according to a new report form International Data Corp.

A new brief from a public policy think tank suggests getting rid of the link between federal student aid and college accreditation and even allowing the market to choose which schools are worthy of staying open.

Report: Online Courses and Free Market Can Crack Higher Ed 'Problems'

A new brief from a public policy think tank suggests getting rid of the link between federal student aid and college accreditation and even allowing the market to choose which schools are worthy of staying open.

CBE Interest High in Higher Ed; Complexity Holds Back Activation

Almost every university or college has some level of interest in providing competency-based education (CBE) of some form. The primary motivator for their interest is delivering access to "non-traditional" learners, followed by a desire to improve completion rates and address workforce needs. CBE offerings are especially of interest to non-traditional students; nearly twice as many adult students as traditional-age students enroll in CBE courses. Those are a few of the findings in a new CBE report based on survey results from 251 American institutions, including responses from "CBE advocates, skeptics and everyone in-between," as the report's authors wrote.

Average Annual Cost of Textbooks at $602

Students spent less on average for their course materials this year than last year; and that's way lower than they paid a decade ago, according to the latest results reported by the National Association of College Stores, which surveyed college students in the United States and Canada.

Half of Online Students Would Not Opt for Live Courses

New research into the demographics of online college students found 50 percent of them would probably not choose to attend classes on a physical campus.

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