Research, Surveys & Forecasts


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.

4 Companies Sit on 95% of LMS Adoptions

Over the past five years, the higher ed LMS market for institution-wide adoptions in the United States and Canada has become increasingly dominated by "the Big Four": Instructure Canvas, Blackboard Learn, D2L Brightspace and Moodle, according to a 2018 analysis from e-Literate's Phil Hill.

Report: Increased Access to Emerging Tech Key to Student Success

While students are starting to gain more access to augmented/virtual reality headsets and 3D printers, a new report from Educause says ensuring access to these technologies is important to students' academic success.

APLU Develops 6-Step Guide for Implementing Adaptive Courseware

Drawing on the experience of eight public universities involved in a multi-year adaptive learning pilot program, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has created a six-step guide for implementing adaptive courseware.

Report Advocates 5 Models for the Future of Public Higher Education

A new report from Deloitte Insights and Georgia Tech examines a variety of ways public university systems can become more economically efficient.



Report: Registrars and Enrollment Leaders Need a Heavier Hand in IT Security

Because registrars and enrollment managers make decisions daily that affect securing data, both roles should be "key members" of the cybersecurity team. According to a new paper on information security in higher education, those individuals should meet regularly with the CIO and chief information security officer to weigh in on incident response plans, risk management and training programs.

Gartner: Immersive Experiences Among Top Tech Trends for 2019

IT analyst firm Gartner has named its top 10 trends for 2019, and the "immersive user experience" is on the list, alongside blockchain, quantum computing and seven other drivers influencing how we interact with the world. The annual trend list covers breakout tech with broad impact and tech that could reach a tipping point in the near future.

Report: Evidence Lacking on Value of CTE Investments

A new report has examined whether career and technical education (CTE) deserves all the attention it's getting. The jury's still out.

Online Programs in Continuing Higher Ed Struggle to Retain Students, Find Faculty

Even as online enrollments continued growing (3 percent last year) while overall higher education enrollments fell, a new survey among deans and directors has uncovered a "mismatch" between the online programs they help deliver and student preferences. These kinds of disconnects, according to a report on the findings, result in "mass-market opportunities that are being lost" by the institutions. The project was undertaken by the Association for Continuing Higher Education and Learning House.

Report: Students Prefer Courses that Use Open Educational Resources

Students like courses that use open education resources over their typical classes. In a recent research project, most reported that they experienced a boost in their learning experience; 59 percent said the quality of the instructional materials was better; 57 percent considered the caliber of teaching higher; and 54 percent claimed a stronger level of engagement. Those results come from a study examining the implementation of OER in colleges. The work was commissioned by nonprofit Achieving the Dream.

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