Research, Surveys & Forecasts

Americans: Math a Must-Have and Science Is 'Cool'

In the future all the best jobs are going to require people to know a coding language. At least that's what seven in 10 Americans (73 percent) in a recent poll said they believe

Tech Trends: Rise of the Robots

Gartner has released its top 10 strategic predictions for 2016 and the near future. This year's list highlights "smart" technologies, such as artificial intelligence, and the relationships of humans to machines.

SAT Essay Losing Steam Among Admissions Officers

University admissions officers are ho-hum about the essay question. According to a survey of 300 colleges and universities, only a handful of them will expect applicants to submit their score from the new SAT's essay section.

Publics Could Take a Fundraising Lesson from Privates

A new report from Cambridge Associates advises public institutions to consolidate fundraising for efficiency.

Research: Education Use Driving Low-Cost 3D Printer Purchases

The primary driver for consumer-grade 3D printers that cost under $2,500 is purchasing done by schools and universities.

U of Arizona Experiments With Multiple Classroom Configurations

A classroom at the University of Arizona is part of a study to find the best way to leverage physical classroom space to implement active learning initiatives.

Coursera Survey Pins Down MOOC Benefits

More than seven in 10 learners report career benefits and more than six in 10 report educational benefits from completing massive open online courses (MOOCs). Participants from developing countries and particularly those with lower socioeconomic status and less education appear to be more likely to report benefits from pursuing MOOCs. Those results and others come out of the first major research survey done among Coursera learners and reported in the Harvard Business Review.

Rubrics Can Work Across Colleges

A cross-institutional experiment to see whether rubric-based assessments can scale and whether students are actually learning what the assessments are intended to measure has been called a success.

Report: Global Device Shipments Decline in 2015

Global device shipments will fall to 2.4 billion units in 2015, a drop of about 1 percent compared to 2014, according to a new forecast from market research firm Gartner.

Poll: Most College Students Prefer Laptops Over Tablets for School

Even though tablet purchases are on the rise among college students, most of them still prefer to use laptops for learning. At the same time, overwhelming majorities of students believe tablets will serve more and more educational functions in the future.