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EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research

ECAR provides research and analysis about information technology in higher education for IT professionals and higher education leaders.


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Core Data Service

The Core Data Service is a benchmarking service used by colleges and universities since 2002 to inform their IT strategic planning and management.

Programs and Resources

GartnerUnderstand IT Trends with Gartner

Select Gartner research for ECAR subscribers

Plan with Top-Ten IT Lists

EDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT Issues and ECAR Top-Ten Strategic Technologies

ECARMake the Case with ECAR

Research and analysis to help predict and plan for IT on campus

Benchmark IT with Core Data

Core metrics and comparative reports for IT staffing, funding, and services

Dig Deeper with Custom Analytics

Decision support based on ECAR and CDS data

News and Events

August ECAR Update

This issue features the new study on faculty and IT. Also find volunteer opportunities and a bulletin with insights on CRMs for higher ed.

What Do Faculty Need and Expect from IT?

Hear what nearly 17,500 faculty members had to say in the new "ECAR Study of Faculty and Information Technology" and infographic.

Enterprise Mobility Management

Get evaluation criteria for EMM suites in this new Gartner report for ECAR subscribers.

Retain Your Top-Notch IT Staff

Get recommendations for creating a better work environment, increasing staff motivation, and facilitating staff retention in this new ECAR Research Bulletin.

Two Campuses on IT GRC

See what IT governance, risk, and compliance looks like at Case Western Reserve University and St. Louis University in two new ECAR Campus Snapshots.

The 2014 CDS Survey Is Open!

View resources that will help you get started on this year's survey.


EDUCAUSE Research Team

The EDUCAUSE Research Team, under the leadership of Susan Grajek, vice president for data, research, and analytics, provides services through ECAR and CDS. Research initiatives are guided by EDUCAUSE members, the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, the EDUCAUSE Executive Team, and various advisory groups and expert panels.

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Whether you're looking for a conference to attend face-to-face to connect with peers, or for an online event for team professional development, see what's upcoming.


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2014 Strategic Priorities

  • Building the Profession
  • IT as a Game Changer
  • Foundations

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