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The mission of ECAR is to foster better decision making by conducting and disseminating research and analysis about the role and implications of information technology in higher education.
ECAR is committed to a transparent and responsive process in developing our research agenda. Contact Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE vice president of data, research, and analytics, to suggest research topics. Sign up for the ECAR Update newsletter to hear when new research is released.
2013 ECAR Research Reports
- BYOD and Consumerization of IT (Q1)
- Cost of IT (Q2)
- E-Learning (Q2)
- Enterprise Application Projects (Q3)
- Mobile IT (Q3)
- Undergraduate Students and IT (Q3)
- IT Workforce Issues and Challenges (Q4)
2013 Research BulletinsIT Salaries in Higher Education by Susan Grajek
Additional topics will be announced as confirmed. View all 2012 research bulletins.
CDS Analysis for ECAR Subscribers
ECAR staff actively mine the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service to produce analysis of CDS data in key service areas, including IT organization, staffing, and financing. View 2012 CDS-based research from ECAR.
Gartner and CHECS Research
ECAR subscribers also receive additional research. Reports will be added as released in 2013.
Gartner IT1 Reports
- Enterprise Content-Aware DLP Solution Comparison and Select Vendor Profiles, announced May 14, 2013
- 2013 Planning Guide for Application Delivery Strategies: Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Information, announced January 28, 2013
- 2013 Planning Guide: Data Center, Infrastructure, Operations, Private Cloud and Desktop Transformation, announced December 3, 2012
- Decision Point for Selecting a Mobile Application Architecture, announced October 15, 2012
- Software-as-a-Service Email Security: Risk vs. Trust, announced May 31, 2012
- Field Research: Mobility in the Age of Consumerization, announced February 17, 2012
Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS) 2012 Reports
ECAR delivers a variety of research and analytical reports designed to foster dialogue and enhance decision-making among its college and university clients. Research bulletins and reports are the primary ECAR research products. See all ECAR research publications >
Primary ECAR Products
Focused research on specific IT issues that may be authored by members or ECAR researchers.
Substantive examinations of issues of strategic importance to higher education. Recent reports are available by subscription or purchase, and early reports are publicly available.
Supporting ECAR Products
Institution-specific or topic-specific reports designed to exemplify important themes, trends, and experiences in the management of information technology investments and activities. Case Studies relate to, and are undertaken as part of, specific ECAR Research Studies.
Editable Slide Decks
PowerPoint versions of ECAR Research Studies that allow subscribers to incorporate ECAR data into their own presentations
Executive Summaries and Key Findings
ECAR Executive Summaries, formerly ECAR Roadmaps, synthesize important information technology issues and provide recommendations for action in higher education. The content draws from ECAR Research Studies and Case Studies. Key Findings are a brief, high-level summary of the scope of a specific ECAR research study, the methodology used to conduct the research, and the key results and discoveries. Key Findings relate to a specific ECAR Research Study and are available to the public. Key Findings are now published on ECAR research hubs.
Illustrations and graphics relating to ECAR research.
Presentations developed by ECAR research fellows, partners, and contractors on topics of interest to the higher education community, including summaries from major ECAR studies. Re-publication or repurposing of ECAR Research Presentations may occur only with written permission of EDUCAUSE and in certain cases, the author(s).