Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Report: AR and VR Headset Sales to Return to Strong Growth Following Lackluster 2017

Augmented and virtual reality headsets will see a compound annual growth rate of 52.5 percent through 2022 despite a lackluster year in 2017, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp. In 2017 the market saw a decline, largely because of reduced shipments of screenless V.R. viewers, which in turn was a result of vendors ceasing to bundle the viewers with smartphones. Following last year's poor showing, however, I.D.C. predicts strong growth this year, with shipments surging to 12.4 million units on a 48.5 percent C.A.G.R.

New College Promise Programs Heading Astray

A new Century Foundation analysis of existing and proposed College Promise programs has warned that the kinds of "policy design choices" made by policymakers will affect how well their Promise programs meet the goals they've set. In some states policymakers have begun to include requirements in their programs "to pursue objectives less directly related to the core goals of financial aid or college affordability measures." As a result, those states may not reach the people who most need the Promise help and their states may fail in closing gaps in enrollment and attainment rates for specific subgroups of students.

Report Explores Education Potential for Wearables, AR and VR

A new whitepaper from personalized learning nonprofit KnowledgeWorks explores how wearables, augmented reality and virtual reality could play out in education. Vignettes drill into how educators could use these technologies in and out of the classroom to add "digital depth" to physical reality to increase student engagement, enhance the personalization of learning, help people understand others' experiences and perspectives, generate greater levels of self-awareness and foster critical thinking.

Closing the STEM Gap

Generally girls lose interest in STEM careers as they get older. But, according to a new study, small changes at school and at home can have a profound impact on how girls perceive STEM careers, how confident they feel in class and how likely they are to pursue STEM academically and into their careers.

Non-Scientific Americans Want Kids Getting into Science

More than nine in 10 respondents to a new survey consider the world a better place because of science. Almost eight in 10 consider the best days of science still to come. And two-thirds are excited about the impact of science on society in the future.



More than Half of U.S. Employees Fear Losing Their Job to Robots

According to a new national survey from MindEdge Learning, 52 percent of employees in the United States are concerned about losing their jobs to robotics, artificial intelligence and automation. The edtech firm polled 1,000 management-level workers across a variety of industries, including technology, manufacturing, financial services and healthcare, about the rise of robots and AI in the workplace and the skills workers will need to remain secure in their careers.

Expect Challenges with Online Programs with Repeal of Net Neutrality

The disregard for net neutrality voted into reality by current White House appointees may inspire commercial internet service providers to charge colleges and universities more to deliver their bandwidth-hungry videos, simulations and interactive programs to students. That would add additional pressure to fiscal management of online programs, according to a new report by U.S. higher education consultancy Hanover Research. Other challenges outlined in the report include shrinking enrollment; skepticism on the value of higher ed; and unsustainable tuition strategies.

More Frequent, Intensive Advising Cranks up Student Engagement

A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin found that students who get more time in advising with more in-depth discussions during their advising sessions are more engaged in community college. The center surveyed about 180,000 students at 297 colleges around the country to study the impact of advising on retention and engagement.

Survey: In an AI World, Retraining Will Come from Employers, Not Higher Ed

Seventy-six percent of respondents in a recent survey "agree" or "strongly agree" that artificial intelligence "will fundamentally change" the way we live and work over the next decade, according to Northeastern University and Gallup researchers. A majority among employed respondents agreed that they'll need more training to get a new job at an equivalent salary. Given a list of retraining options, the largest number (49 percent) would look to employers for on-the-job training.

Survey: For Students Focused on Cost, Quality Takes a Back Seat

Affordability is a driving factor in deciding where to go to college for many students, according to Eduventures' annual Survey of Admitted Students. The survey compiles responses from more than 100,000 high school students recently admitted to colleges and universities, in an effort to help enrollment officers better understand student decision-making and improve the yield of the incoming class.

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