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For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2013
Susan Grajek
Vice President

Washington, DC—Lumina Foundation has awarded EDUCAUSE $500,000 to pursue three projects to improve the value and efficiency of IT’s contribution to higher education by (1) helping institutions understand the relative efficiency and productivity of their IT services with the goal of reducing costs and enhancing productivity and (2) helping non-IT higher education leaders better understand the value and relevance of IT to their areas.

The projects will create and deploy:

  1. An IT assessment report service to help institutions understand the relative efficiency and productivity of their IT services, drawing on EDUCAUSE benchmarking and research data.
  2. A comprehensive set of maturity and deployment indices to permit institutions to understand where they are and where they aspire to be in specific IT domains compared to peers and to an objective standard. Deployment indices enable institutions to benchmark stages of deployment for particular technologies and services. Maturity indices examine the additional necessary nontechnical dimensions of progress.
  3. A new series of “Executive Research Briefs” to make EDUCAUSE research findings more accessible, relevant, and actionable to higher education leadership so they can better leverage IT to advance their institutions.

The projects will be completed by early 2015.

"Efficiency, effectiveness, and value are what all higher education institutions are striving for,” observed Diana Oblinger, president and CEO of EDUCAUSE. “However, these are hard to attain without measures of efficiency, productivity, and maturity. The grant from Lumina will help us accelerate the development of reports, indices, and executive communication tools that will benefit our community. We appreciate Lumina’s support of our research, tool development, and dissemination efforts. We believe the impact of this work will advance all of higher education."

Discuss the Grant at EDUCAUSE 2013

Media representatives are invited to discuss the Lumina Foundation grant with EDUCAUSE Vice President Susan Grajek at EDUCAUSE 2013, October 15–18, in Anaheim, California. Grajek will attend the informal Meet EDUCAUSE Research Staff session on Thursday, October 17, 12:30–1:15 p.m. (PT), at EDUCAUSE Central in Lobby C.

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About Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive, and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve this goal, known as Goal 2025. For more information, visit


EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. EDUCAUSE programs and services are focused on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation because IT plays a transformative role in higher education. EDUCAUSE supports those who lead, manage, and use information technology through a comprehensive range of resources and activities. For more information, visit