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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.

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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

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CDS Update: All 2013 Data

All annual CDS reports and reporting dashboards for 2013 are now available. Check out the full story in the March newsletter.

Make Your Case for IT with Custom Analytics

EDUCAUSE now offers decision support services based on CDS and ECAR data.

ECAR Update: IPAS and Strategic Technologies

The March issue of ECAR Update features new resources on integrated planning and advising services and the Top-Ten Strategic Technologies.

Seeking Student Success: IPAS

Integrated Planning and Advising Services play a major role in student success strategies. Get lessons learned and best practices from this report.

IT Risk Management Methodologies

This Gartner report for ECAR subscribers will guide you to the risk management methodology that fits your institution.

CDS Data Almanacs

NEW: These two-page summaries provide IT stats on institutions like yours.


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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