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Gale Primary Sources Adds New Archives Focused on Histories of Underrepresented Communities

Library provider and publisher Gale has added to its Primary Sources research platform six new archives focusing on the stories and histories of global LGBTQ+ communities, women, Native Americans, and other underrepresented communities.

Faculty Usage of Digital Course Materials Falls Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels

While many colleges and universities turned to digital course materials to serve the needs of remote learners during the pandemic, faculty usage of e-textbooks and other digital content has decreased now that classes have resumed in-person instruction, according to the latest "Faculty Watch" survey from the National Association of College Stores.

Average Central IT Spending for 2020-2021 Was $7.7M, According to Educause Benchmark Data

The Educause Core Data Service has released its Interactive Almanac for 2021, offering higher education IT spending and staffing data that institutions can use to benchmark their own resource allocations.

Equity-Minded Communications Boost Effectiveness of Early Alerts

A new white paper from EAB, "Missed Connections: Recommendations to Improve the Success of Early Alerts Through Equity Based Communications," explores ways advisers can better communicate with students and improve their engagement with the intervention process.

Oregon State U Project Seeks Pandemic Reflections from Students and Faculty

A new project out of Oregon State University is calling for submissions from college students, faculty and staff about how they've coped with the psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Only Half of Homes in Continental U.S. Receive 'True' Broadband Internet Access

A new report from research firm The NPD Group found that just 50% of homes in the continental United States have access to broadband internet with a download speed of 25Mbps or higher.

Gartner: 7 Security and Risk Management Trends for 2022

In a recent report, Gartner outlined seven trends impacting cybersecurity and risk management practices in the coming year.

Survey: How the Pandemic Impacted Student Enrollment Choices

More than 40% of college students in a recent survey said their decision to attend their current institution was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By 2026, 1 in 4 People Will Spend at Least 1 Hour Per Day in the Metaverse

Gartner predicts that within four years, 25% of people will spend at least one hour per day in the metaverse — a "collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical and digital reality … accessible through any type of device," as the research firm defines the term.

Survey: 1 in 4 Students Say They're Assigned Too Many Learning Tools

More than a quarter of students (27%) in a recent poll said they are being assigned too many different learning tools in their courses. And 16% reported they have difficulty navigating and using those tools.