Research, Surveys & Forecasts

Report: Post-Secondary Attainment Inches Forward

The United States attainment rate crept forward once again from 2013 to 2014 by hundredths of a percent, rising from 40 percent to 40.4 percent, according to the Lumina Foundation's seventh annual report, "A Stronger Nation."

Research: Flipped Learning for ESL Students Shows Potential

The use of the "flipped" model of instruction for English-as-a-second-language (ESL) college students can improve their autonomous learning skills, according to the results of a small research project that took place in Tomsk, Russia.

California CCs Finds Its Fee Waiver Program 'Most Effective' in Country

In a comparison done internally, the country's largest community college system found that it is the most successful in supplying college access to needy students.

Report: Education Leaders, Staff Want more Individualization

The education and research sector is facing the same challenges as every other industry in personalizing the experiences of its customers and employees. Four in five education leaders report that their users want more individualization, as do their staff members, but 73 percent consider meeting that demand a "growing challenge." These findings surfaced in a survey among 300 C-level executives in North America in 10 industries by Oracle, a company invested in industry and the public sector moving to the cloud.

Report: Wearables To Top 10 Million Shipments in 2016

Global sales of wearable devices will top 10 million this year, up 32.8 percent over 2015, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp.

Research: Teacher Prep Reform Gets It Way Wrong

People who argue that too much emphasis is placed on teacher preparation as holding the key to improving student learning could be right, according to a new study released this week. A team of researchers affiliated with the National Education Policy Center housed at the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education undertook a study of four national initiatives set up to improve teacher quality, each with some form of accountability.

Berkeley Researchers Demonstrate Ultra Low Energy Magnetic Chips

Engineers at UC Berkeley have demonstrated that magnetic chips can "operate at the lowest fundamental energy dissipation theoretically possible under the laws of thermodynamics," according to a news story on the university's site.

Report: Detachable Devices To Drive Tablet Growth Through 2020

Detachable tablets will nearly quadruple, as a share of the tablet market, from 8 percent to 30 percent in 2020, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp.

More Admissions Officers Going Online To Research Applicants

Admissions officers were more likely to go online and research applicants for the 2014-2015 academic year than they were in the previous year. Nearly half (45 percent) reported that they performed applicant searches during the more recent admissions season compared to 36 percent during 2013-2014. Almost 7 in 10 (67 percent) hunted on Facebook and 4 in 10 searched on Twitter. Those are some of the results from an annual survey performed by an education technology company that sells a service to help students assess and manage their online presence.

Survey: Most Students Prefer New SAT Format

This Saturday students had a chance to take the new SAT exam, and a post-test survey revealed that most students preferred the new format, found the reading test easier than they expected and considered the test items reflective of what they were learning in school.

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