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EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research

IT professionals and higher education leaders use ECAR research and analyses to predict, plan, and act on IT trends.


Core Data Service

Colleges and universities use CDS to benchmark their IT organizations and inform their IT strategic planning and management.

Programs and Resources

Address Top IT Issues

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

Understand IT Needs

ECAR student and faculty research

Predict, Plan, and Act

ECAR research and analyses

Benchmark IT

CDS IT staffing, funding, and services

Dig Deeper with Data

Decision support based on EDUCAUSE data

EDUCAUSE Research Team

The Research Team provides services through ECAR and CDS. Research programs are guided by EDUCAUSE members, Board of Directors, Executive Team, advisory groups, and expert panels.

News and Events

The Promise and Reality of SDN

Software-defined networking: a new approach to designing, building, and operating networks that allows IT staff to respond quickly to ever-changing network requirements.

December ECAR Update

Read about the latest ECAR research on research computing support, unified communications, and software-defined networking.

Unified Communications

This new ECAR working group publication shares approaches for implementing unified communications and real-world challenges and benefits.

The Faculty Perspective on Research Computing Support

Academic research computing is dependent on IT; find out what faculty need and...

Big Data and Campus Infrastructure

How will campuses support big data and what's the impact on campus infrastructure? Learn more in this new ECAR Working Group series. 

A Common Cloud Strategy

This new ECAR report outlines a "cloud first" strategy for higher education IT that moves away from a traditional data center model.

Measure learning innovation with ELI's Seeking Evidence of Impact program.


Annual Conference
September 29–October 2
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Events for all Levels and Interests

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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Leadership and Management Programs

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Explore EDUCAUSE professional development opportunities that match your career aspirations and desired level of time investment through our interactive online guide.


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Employees of EDUCAUSE member institutions and organizations are invited to create individual profiles.



2015 Strategic Priorities

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

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