Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Colleges Drowning in Student Data (and Tech Vendor Sales Calls)

Enrollment leaders within higher ed are "awash in data" and "a swirling array of technology vendors," all of whom purport to be able to help schools pull "insights from data." So even though enrollment management directors see the value in the use of technology for their jobs, because they receive "dozens" of vendor contacts weekly, they've also become "understandably jaded." So expressed a new report from Eduventures that examines the state of enrollment management within colleges and universities.

Facebook, Twitter Engagement Done Best at Baylor and UW-Madison

Want to know how to do Twitter or Facebook right at your institution? You might want to study the practices used by the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the first and Baylor University for the second. Those two institutions have been deemed the "top users" of the those social media sites by Engagement Labs, which develops technology for measuring online social engagement.

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.

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