Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Pilot Expanding to Help Students Identify Work-Ready Competencies

A company that performs reference checking for organizations is seeking colleges and universities to participate in the third phase of a pilot program that will assess, measure and verify student competencies. The "Career Readiness Project," which runs on software from SkillSurvey, is currently working with 40 schools during a second phase. Now it's taking candidate institutions for a third phase that will start next spring.

'Frontier Set' Schools Share 5 Secrets of Student Success

A new report outlines five broad themes that 31 institutional participants have found will make a difference in increasing student success in college and eliminating attainment gaps. Those key ingredients are: having a "student-centered mission"; the use of data to inform decision-making; maintaining a "collaborative, empowered environment"; a commitment to continual improvement; and establishing goals and milestones as a form of accountability.

Predictive Model Identifies Wikipedia Arguments that Will Never Get Resolved

A joint study involving researchers from MIT, the University of Michigan and the Wikimedia Foundation has identified why so many Wikipedia disputes unresolved and developed predictive tools to help improve editorial deliberations.

Survey: With Student-Supplied Data, Colleges Could Drastically Improve Recruitment

Personalized communication matters in higher education. According to a recent survey, not only did students say they'd be more likely to choose a school that personalized its communications to them during the recruitment process, but alumni said they'd probably donate more often if they knew their money was funding organizations or projects they were involved with themselves as students. Those results surfaced during a survey undertaken on behalf of education technology company Ellucian by Wakefield Research.

Apple, Samsung Reign in Shrinking Tablet Market

While Apple still dominates the tablet market, sales of all such devices have fallen worldwide, according to market data from International Data Corp.



Nobody Knows How Well Certificates Are Doing Against Degrees

A recent analysis found major underreporting of certificate completions. Richard Garrett, chief research officer at higher education research firm Eduventures, recently examined whether the certificate was "muscling in" on degrees, and called the data that tracks certificate issuance "rubbish."

Report: Textbook Pricing Affects Students' Rating of Profs

According to a recent survey, faculty members who choose course materials that cost less than $30 are 10 times more likely to get a positive rating from students than a negative rating. The survey was undertaken by textbook publisher FlatWorld.

Evidence on Value of Personalized Learning Still Needs to Catch Up

Although educators have enthusiastically promoted personalized learning, there's still "imperfect evidence" that it leads to improved outcomes for students. Likewise, curriculum for personalized learning is "underdeveloped," and policies still exist that could "hinder" its success.

IT Security Tops Educause Issues List 4 Years Running

In the coming year, IT organizations in colleges and universities expect to be grappling with "data-enabling" their institutions, funding, and setting up their units as institutional leaders and change agents. That's what IT leaders told Educause in its latest survey to determine the top 10 IT issues for higher education.

Detailed Picture of 'Inequality of Opportunity' Emerges

Where kids grow up has a big impact on how well they'll do as adults. While that may sound obvious, a new program that brings together economists from Harvard University and Brown University and researchers from the U.S. Census Bureau has found that kids who grow up in the same community just miles apart end up with very different futures.

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