Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Educause Announces Top IT Issues, Trends and Tech Report for 2017

Expanding on the preview of its annual ranking of IT issues for higher education released last fall, Educause today announced its full report on the key issues, trends and technologies poised to impact higher ed in 2017.

Study: Instructor Quality 'Clearly' an Important Factor in Student Success

The study analyzed information on 2,343 instructors who had taught 34,725 sections of MTH/208, covering a total of 396,038 student observations, between July 2000 and July 2014. Student performance on the final exam (or some variation) was used as the outcome measure.

Per-Credit Expenditures for Undergraduate Courses Declines 16% Over 15 Years

The largest drops occurred in engineering and health, where per-credit spending fell by more than 40 percent. A report of the results was issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Gartner: Growth in IT Spending to Slow in 2017

According to a new forecast from Gartner, worldwide IT spending will reach $3.5 trillion in 2017 — a 2.7 percent increase from the previous year. That growth rate, however, represents a slow down from earlier projections of 3 percent.

Harvard/MIT Report Analyzes 4 Years of MOOC Data

Two of the brains behind the institutions' edX programs have released results of a joint research project that mined the data generated through four years of MOOC activity.



Survey: IT Complexity Is Exposing Organizations to Cybersecurity Risk

Eighty-three percent of security and IT professionals around the world believe that IT complexity is putting their organizations at cybersecurity risk, according to a new survey from Citrix and the Ponemon Institute.

Technology, Data-Centric Models, and the Equity of Information

CT talks with UTA LINK Lab Executive Director, PI/Researcher, and Professor George Siemens about connectedness and how it is changing the way we interact, work, and learn in a digital age.

Report: Librarians Say Info Literacy Is Important, They Don't Have the Tools to Teach It

Nearly all librarians (97 percent) say information literacy contributes to workforce success and more than four in five (83 percent) say it affects college graduation rates, and yet 44 percent said their library does not support information literacy as much as it should, according to a new survey from ProQuest.

Smartphone Shipments to Rebound After 3-Year Low

Consumer smartphone sales will rebound this year after hitting a three-year low in 2016, according to a new survey from Accenture.

Internet of Things Spending to Reach $1.29 Trillion by 2020

A new forecast from International Data Corp. estimates that the total worldwide spending on the Internet of Things will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020.

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