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Publications with 2014 Data

Coming in February: the 2014 Data Almanacs and a new, customizable slide set that will allow you to benchmark your institution against the community's Core Metrics.


CDS Executive Summary Report (2013 Data)

Published in February 2014, the summary report provides a glimpse into the breadth of CDS data and summarizes the most important findings from the most recent survey.

Previous summary reports:


* Beginning in 2011, CDS reports and communications use the year in which data were collected and analyzed. While this change results in the appearance of a skipped year, the Core Data Service runs sequentially, with no years skipped.

CDS Almanacs (2013 Data)

These two-page, easy-to-scan summaries distill CDS 2013 survey data in a variety of categories. View all almanacs.


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Need decision support? Work with our research staff to create a proposal based on ECAR and CDS data and tailored to meet your needs. With custom analytics, you can increase the value of EDUCAUSE research and benchmarking data, gain a deeper understanding of your business questions, and inform decisions core to the success of your organization.  Learn More >


Do Your Own Analysis

CDS participants can compare data with peers, view graphs and tables, download detailed reports, and look up responses to individual questions with CDS Reporting. Learn More >


Look Deeper: ECAR Analysis of Core Data

ECAREDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research analysts distill CDS survey data findings into research publications that are accessible to ECAR subscribers. Five months after release, the publications are made publicly available.

* Part of The 2013 Enterprise Application Market in Higher Education, a collection of CDS Spotlights designed to help us understand how higher education institutions approach various information systems.

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2013 Benchmarks

  • How does your spending compare?
    • U.S. Median central IT spending per institutional FTE = $925
    • U.S. Median central IT spending as a percentage of institutional expenses = 4.4%
  • Budgets are increasing, is yours?
    58% of institutions had an increase in funding from FY 2010/11 to FY 2012/13 – median increase was +19%
  • How does your "running the trains" spending compare?
    Non-compensation operating expenditures make up 33% of the budget (U.S. Median)
  • How does the size of your IT org compare?
    U.S. Median of 7.8 IT staff FTE per 1000 institutional FTEs
  • Where are your dollars going?
    CIOs who report to the head of the institution (i.e., president) or the top academic officer tended to spend more in support of the teaching and learning mission (42% and 44% respectively) than their peers who report to the top administrative or business officer (36% and 39% respectively).




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