Research, Surveys & Forecasts


OER Awareness Among Faculty Gaining Ground

The use of open educational resources could be at a turning point: It's beginning to shake off its fringe reputation and gain greater recognition among faculty and department heads. A recent Babson Survey Research Group study found "steady growth in awareness" among these individuals and predicted that adoption growth could accelerate.

Survey: Gen Zers Motivated by Money to Learn

Gen Zers aren't shy about saying money motivates them to learn. According to a survey conducted online for LinkedIn in October among 3,072 adults working full time, the top two reasons these individuals consider learning important is to improve at their jobs and to make more money.

Understanding Prospective Student 'Mindsets' Can Lift Impact of Communications

Students display specific hopes and dreams as they approach the work of choosing the right college to attend. Understanding those "mindsets" can help the institution personalize their interactions with prospective students more effectively, according to a new report from Eduventures.

Experts Debate Merits of AI in Education

Will artificial intelligence make most people better off over the next decade, or will it redefine what free will means or what a human being is? A new report by the Pew Research Center has weighed in on the topic by conferring with some 979 experts, who have, in summary, predicted that networked AI "will amplify human effectiveness but also threaten human autonomy, agency and capabilities."

Report Finds AP Credits Reduce Student Loan Debt

A report from a Vanderbilt University researcher finds correlations between AP credits earned in high school and outcomes in college graduation trends.



Measuring True Post-College Employment Outcomes Is a Fool's Errand

There's no consistency in how employment data is collected or reported, according to a report recently produced by the Institute for College Access & Success. The result is a "patchwork" of data that makes comparing programs and colleges "nearly impossible."

Report Identifies 4 Areas Where AI Benefits Higher Ed

According to a new report, the four areas where artificial intelligence could prove most beneficial in higher education are: student acquisition; learning and instruction; student affairs; and institutional efficiency. The report was developed by online program management company Learning House.

Research Finds that Anonymized Mobile Data Still Leads to Privacy Risks

When you allow an app to identify your current location through your mobile device, is the result being used to optimize your experience or putting your private data at risk? That's the question behind a study undertaken by researchers at MIT and Imperial College London, who recently published their findings in IEEE's Transactions on Big Data. According to the study, the compilation of massive, anonymized datasets detailing people's movement patterns through their location stamps can be used for "nefarious purposes."

Report: U.S. Needs a National AI Strategy

If the United States wants to maintain its leadership stance in the world for development and use of artificial intelligence, it's time to adopt a national strategy. That's the conclusion of a report developed by the Center for Data Innovation, a self-described thinktank that studies the "intersection of data, technology and public policy."

Intro AI, Machine Learning Courses Wooing More Students

Enrollment in artificial intelligence introductory courses in the United States grew by 3.4 times between 2012 and 2017, and introductory machine learning classes grew by five times during that same period. That's according to the latest AI Index 2018 Report, a rich collection of data intended to serve as a "comprehensive resource" for anybody interested in the field. The information was contributed by universities, companies, consultancies and associations.

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