Research, Surveys & Forecasts


Report: Textbook Pricing Affects Students' Rating of Profs

According to a recent survey, faculty members who choose course materials that cost less than $30 are 10 times more likely to get a positive rating from students than a negative rating. The survey was undertaken by textbook publisher FlatWorld.

Evidence on Value of Personalized Learning Still Needs to Catch Up

Although educators have enthusiastically promoted personalized learning, there's still "imperfect evidence" that it leads to improved outcomes for students. Likewise, curriculum for personalized learning is "underdeveloped," and policies still exist that could "hinder" its success.

IT Security Tops Educause Issues List 4 Years Running

In the coming year, IT organizations in colleges and universities expect to be grappling with "data-enabling" their institutions, funding, and setting up their units as institutional leaders and change agents. That's what IT leaders told Educause in its latest survey to determine the top 10 IT issues for higher education.

Detailed Picture of 'Inequality of Opportunity' Emerges

Where kids grow up has a big impact on how well they'll do as adults. While that may sound obvious, a new program that brings together economists from Harvard University and Brown University and researchers from the U.S. Census Bureau has found that kids who grow up in the same community just miles apart end up with very different futures.

4 Companies Sit on 95% of LMS Adoptions

Over the past five years, the higher ed LMS market for institution-wide adoptions in the United States and Canada has become increasingly dominated by "the Big Four": Instructure Canvas, Blackboard Learn, D2L Brightspace and Moodle, according to a 2018 analysis from e-Literate's Phil Hill.



Report: Increased Access to Emerging Tech Key to Student Success

While students are starting to gain more access to augmented/virtual reality headsets and 3D printers, a new report from Educause says ensuring access to these technologies is important to students' academic success.

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.

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.

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