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Notebooks Driving Growth in Computing Devices as Tablets Decline

The computing device market is seeing slower-than-expected growth this year, owing largely to shortages caused by the public policy response to the pandemic. Nevertheless, overall growth in 2021 will be positive, according to a new report. However, that growth will continue to slow through 2025, with tablets actually going seeing negative growth. Education is one of the positive drivers.

Pandemic Drives Career Shifts

A new study of data generated by an education platform has found that college students and other adults spent at least some of the pandemic rethinking their career plans.

Smart Buildings More Popular in Education than Before Pandemic

In a recent global survey, two-thirds of school and college facilities managers (65 percent) were more likely to invest in smart building solutions now than they were pre-pandemic.

Chromebook Market Surging

The adoption of Chromebooks appears to be outpacing the growth surge predicted for the year. In the second quarter, Chromebook shipments grew 68.6 percent — and that wasn't even the best quarter of the last three quarters.

Tablet Market Sees Modest Growth as Apple Maintains Lead

According to a new preliminary report from market research firm IDC, shipments of tablets reached 40.5 million units in the second quarter of 2021, up 4.2 percent over the same period last year.



U.S. Education Market to Hit $1.96 Trillion by 2025

A new forecast values the business of education in the United States at $1.96 trillion by the year 2025.

Traditional PC Market Sees Upswing Despite Component Shortages

Traditional PCs (notebooks, desktops and workstations) saw 13.2 percent year-over-year growth in the second quarter of 2021 — in spite of electronic component shortages caused by the public policy response to the pandemic. However, largely owing to shortages, desktops grew at a higher rate than notebooks, according to a preliminary report from market research firm IDC.

Survey: 7 in 10 College Leaders Say Microcredentials Could Help Enrollment and Revenue

According to a new survey, seven in 10 higher education leaders (71 percent) said that "alternative credentials" could help them achieve institutional revenue and enrollment goals. Yet, just 60 percent considered credential initiatives "totally" or "very" aligned with their institutions' strategic plans.

Top 3 Ways Institutions Can Improve Student Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted the importance of student support services in higher education and revealed gaps in how institutions are meeting the needs of at-risk students, according to a recent report from Blackboard.

Higher Ed IT Will See Significant Increase in Hybrid Work Arrangements

A recent survey from EAB suggests that higher education institutions will increasingly support hybrid work for administrative employees (not including faculty) — particularly in IT, Finance and Procurement functions.