Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Researchers Building a Better Way of Placing Students in Community College

A recently published report from the Community College Research Center and social policy researcher MDRC examined alternatives to traditional placement testing for math and English. According to "Toward Better College Course Placement," about 60 percent of community college students are directed into at least one remedial education course based on their results from placement tests, while roughly a third of them are probably "misdirected."

Study: Job Earnings Data Does Not Impact Students' Choice of Major

An issue brief published by Rutgers University specifically examined whether access to labor market data changed students' choice of major or perceptions of earnings or job security. The bottom line: When students didn't know any better, they expected to earn more than they should; yet having access to earning data didn't sway students to consider changing majors.

Educause Explores Future of Extended Reality on Campus

An Educause project is examining the integration of 3D technologies — 3D scanning and printing, virtual reality and augmented reality — into education to create "extended reality."

1 in 5 Faculty Members Say Technology Makes Their Job Harder

According to our 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey, while some faculty still see technology as a hindrance, most think it has had a positive impact on teaching and learning.

Gen Zers Look to Teachers First, YouTube Second for Instruction

Students in Generation Z would rather learn from YouTube videos than from nearly any other form of instruction. YouTube was designated as the preferred mode of learning by 59 percent of Gen Zers in a survey on the topic, compared to in-person group activities with classmates (mentioned by 57 percent), learning applications or games (47 percent) and printed books (also 47 percent). The only method of instruction that beat out YouTube? Teachers.



Textbook Costs on the Decline

Multiple signs indicate that the cost of textbooks is inching down. According to new data released by CampusBooks.com, the average price of a textbook dropped by $10 between January 2017 to January 2018. Simultaneously, the National Association of College Stores issued its latest results from a twice-annual survey of college students in the United States and Canada and found that course material spending had shrunk by 31 percent over the last decade.

2018 Higher Ed Horizon Report Highlights Measuring Learning and Redesigning Spaces

The details have arrived: About four months after issuing a preview edition of the NMC Horizon Report for higher education, Educause has published the full report.

There's More to Student Advising Tech than Implementation

New technology for advising students won't work if it's not also implemented with updates in the advising structures and processes and professional development for the human advisers as they change their own practices. That's part of the bottom line in a new report from the Community College Research Center, based at Teachers College at Columbia University, and social policy researcher MDRC.

Library Project Analyzes Student Success in Community Colleges

An initiative intended to consider the redesign of library services has revealed some interesting findings about community college students, including the many ways they define college success and what holds them back from achieving it. The project is being undertaken by consultancy Ithaka S+R and Northern Virginia Community College, along with six other community college partners.

Texas Draft Report Tackles Dual-Credit Outcomes

A recent draft report on dual credit participation by Texas students confirmed that those who took such courses had better college outcomes than high school graduates who didn't; that they completed their college degrees faster; and that although progress is being made, a participation "disparity" still exists for "less advantaged groups."

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