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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.

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.

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.

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.



Students Used More Digital Course Materials During Pandemic

In 2020-2021, the majority of college students (58 percent) used digital course materials more than in the previous year, according to a survey from the National Association of College Stores.

Pandemic Has Increased Expected Spending on Digital Transformation, IT

According to a recent Gartner survey, 82 percent of chief financial officers plan to increase investment in digital capabilities in fiscal year 2021 compared to 2020, and 70 percent intend to increase their spending on information technology.

VR Headsets See Significant Growth

Shipments of virtual reality headsets went up more than 50 percent in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the same period last year, according to a new report. Facebook, which owns Oculus, was one of the key driving factors.

6 Problems with OER Access in Campus Bookstores

Campus bookstores have a critical role to play in open educational resource efforts, according to a recent report from the Driving OER Sustainability for Student Success Collaborative. Yet there is room for improvement in the way stores list and fulfill learning materials and make OER options available to students.

Fileless Malware on the Rise, Traditional Defenses Failing

An alarming majority of malware (75 percent) is going undetected by “traditional malware solutions,” according to a new report. And nearly three-quarters of threats detected in the last quarter were zero-day malware — an all-time high.