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Colleges and universities use Core Data Service benchmarks to inform IT strategic planning and management. CDS participants submit IT staffing, financials, and services data in an annual survey, and gain access to comparative data from peer institutions. EDUCAUSE researchers produce publications on CDS data and trends. Learn More >


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2013 Core Data Survey Highlights


CDS Chart

58% of institutions had an increase in funding from FY 2010/11 to FY 2012/13 - median increase was 19%


IT Median

$925 is the central IT median spent per institutional FTE (students, faculty, and staff)


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2014 Data Release

CDS 2014 dashboards for Module 1 and the Core Metrics are now available in CDS Reporting. Look for the remaining dashboards to be released in Q1 2015.

Reporting Permissions Changed November 7

Effective November 7, CDS Reporting will be accessible only to institutions that completed the 2014 CDS survey Module 1.

Today's Information Security

Limited resources mean institutions must be efficient in their data protection activities. Learn more about the state of information security in higher ed with this new ECAR bulletin spotlighting...

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


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