Research, Surveys & Forecasts


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 Pegs Cost to Develop an OER Course at $11,700

According to a recent research project, developing an open education resources course costs, on average, about $11,700, to cover salary and benefits for the instructors involved. Those results come from a study examining the implementation of OER in colleges. The work was commissioned by nonprofit Achieving the Dream.

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.

LinkedIn: Gen Z Defines Job-Hopping Generation

According to a new LinkedIn survey, Gen Zers are three times more likely to job hop and even switch industries than Baby Boomers.

Survey: Most 2-Year Colleges Lack Financial Resources to Support Student Success Programming

While plenty of programs for first-year students — summer bridge, first-year orientation, first-year student success courses, advising and counseling, learning communities — have found success in four-year colleges and universities, a new study examined the issues two-year schools face in getting students engaged in the campus, staying in school and accumulating credits. The most common problem for two-year institutions: a lack of financial resources, mentioned by 74 percent of respondents.

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