Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Despite Increase in Instructional Designers, There Is No 'Universal Profile' for the Role

A new report from the Online Learning Consortium seeks to clear up the mystery surrounding the role of instructional designer in higher education.

Innovative Presidents Finding Ways to Use Social Media for Student Engagement

A new report that examines how college presidents interact with students shares how the most innovative leaders have gone beyond the standard fare (photo opportunities and participation in service events) to embrace social and digital mechanisms. "Presidential Engagement of Students at Minority Serving Institutions" was produced by the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, within the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Survey: Buying Course Materials a Top Source of Financial Stress for Students

Buying course materials is the No. 2 source of financial stress for students, after tuition, according to a new survey conducted by market research company Morning Consult on behalf of Cengage.

Report: How to Scale America's Apprenticeships 20-Fold

A new report proposes the creation of a national network of "apprenticeship institutes" in every state. These centers would act as hubs for employers, workers, high schools, community colleges and unions.

Report: Accessibility in Digital Learning Increasingly Complex

The Online Learning Consortium has introduced a series of original reports to keep people in education up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of digital learning. The first report covers accessibility and addresses both K-12 and higher education. The series is being produced by O.L.C.'s Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership.



Gender Wage Gap Exists for Graduates of Nearly Every Top College in America

Brigham Young University graduates who are female earn 57 percent less than male graduates. For Princeton graduates, the difference is 37 percent. And at Stanford, it's 32 percent. In fact, according a study commissioned by Priceonomics, for America's top colleges, the average gender wage gap is 19 percent. While men after graduation earn an average of $59,028, women earn $47,887.

Today's College Students Shy Away from Face-to-Face Advising

While 44 percent of college students would like their coaching to be one-on-one in person, according to a recent survey, more collectively would prefer other modes, including e-mailing (18 percent), online via videoconference or texting (both at 11 percent), via personalized college app (10 percent) and by social media (6 percent). The survey was done jointly by Civitas Learning, an education technology company, and the Center for Generational Kinetics, a Millennial and Gen Z research firm.

U.S. Lags in Wage Equality for Women in Tech

According to a new data collection project, the list of best countries for female undergraduates in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines doesn't necessarily include the United States, which comes in eighth in terms of the gender pay gap in the tech fields. On average, men make nearly 12 percent more than women, a difference that hasn't varied much since 2010. The project was undertaken by Honeypot, a European company representing tech talent.

Want to Make Students Happier with Learning? Use More Video

The majority of people in education believe that video usage on campus increases student satisfaction with their learning experiences; more than nine in 10 respondents (92 percent) said just that to a recent research project on the topic. The survey was done by Kaltura, a company that sells products and services for capturing, creating, managing and hosting videos.

ResNet Costs Growing, Yet Fewer Institutions Have a Strategic Plan

A recent survey among IT, housing and business people at colleges and universities found that the number of schools with a strategic plan incorporating the ResNet has fallen from 62 percent in 2017 to 52 percent this year.

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