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Understand IT Needs

ECAR student and faculty research

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ECAR Working Group meetings and projects

Dig Deeper with Data

Decision support based on ECAR and CDS data

Understand IT Trends

Select Gartner research for ECAR subscribers

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

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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.

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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. 

November ECAR Update

Get the latest ECAR research on students and IT, big data, and cloud strategy.

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.

We Analyze Too Much and Synthesize Too Little

Could strategists create better business solutions if they practiced synthesis as much as analysis? Learn more in this new report.

2015 Student/Faculty Research

Get a complete picture of student and faculty IT needs and expectations. Sign up to participate in the ECAR technology research in the academic community surveys. Learn More >



To work on technology challenges with fellow IT leaders, join an ECAR Working Group. Upcoming projects include Using the LMS to Produce Predictive Analytics, Preparing Your IT Organization for the Cloud, and The Cost of Distributed IT. Learn More >

Interested in higher education IT data benchmarking? See EDUCAUSE Core Data Service.


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