Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Report Lays out Role of Community Colleges in Building 'Green' Workforce

Community colleges are positioning themselves to become the launch pad for a new wave of graduates pursuing "green" careers in fields as diverse as efficient transport, smart buildings, energy storage and climate-change habitat restoration projects. A new report from Jobs for the Future and the National Wildlife Federation offers recommendations for how those programs can be scaled to reach 20 million students with "sustainability knowledge" and skills by 2025.

Survey Reports Top Challenge for CBE Is Meaningful Assessment Tools

Public Agenda's survey of competency-based education programs found gaps exist at most institutions between their goals and the achievement of those goals.

2016 Predictions: More Outside Management of Online Degrees, CRM Buying and Competition for Traditional Colleges

The number of public-private partnerships between institutions of higher education and service providers that manage online degree programs and pathways for international students will increase by double digits in 2016, according to new predictions from advisory firm Eduventures. Likewise, the company is forecasting that online proctoring will go mainstream in the new year. And as many as one in 10 colleges will be acquiring a new constituent relationship management (CRM) system over the next 12 months.

Research: Flipped Learning Improves How Students Perceive Ability To Learn Physics

A long-term study by faculty within five Canadian and American institutions has found that physics students have more confidence in their ability to understand course content when reflective study is combined with collaborative activities in a flipped classroom form.

4 Penn State Projects to Explore Online Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Penn State researchers are investigating ways to enhance teaching and learning through online innovation, thanks to funding from the institution's Research Initiation Grant Program.



Report: Apple Device Adoption Increasing in Higher Education

Adoption of Mac and iPad devices is increasing in higher education organizations, driven primarily by user preference, according to a new report from JAMF Software.

Report: Data Science, Machine Learning and Behavioral Analysis Help Identify New Security Threats

Automated network threat detection tools that use data science, machine learning and behavioral analysis can work together with traditional perimeter security methods to help organizations meet the security goals defined in the CIS Critical Security Controls recommendations and protect themselves from attackers, according to a new report from the SANS Institute.

4 in 5 Parents Question Value Proposition of College

The reputation of college for being worth the price tag is hitting the skids. In a recent survey only about one in five parents of prospective college students deemed the cost of a four-year college degree worth "the value it delivers."

Faculty Role in Competency Programs Still Evolving

Faculty leadership may not be as strongly felt in competency-based education (CBE) programs as it ought to be. Only 15 percent of CBE faculty and staff members are tenured or on the tenure track and only about one in five (19 percent) participate in shared governance activities.

Tablet Market Contracts in 2015; Demand for Detachables Grows

Even as worldwide tablet shipments continue declining this year, the market for one tablet device format is expected to almost double next year.

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