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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.
2014 Research Agenda
ECAR is committed to a transparent and responsive process in developing our research agenda. Contact Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE vice president, to suggest research topics.
Research Report Topics
- Technology in the academic community (students and faculty)
- IT governance, risk, and compliance
- The top 10 strategic technologies for 2014
- New models for IT service delivery
- Degree planning and advising analytics
NEW: ECAR will also introduce a comprehensive series of maturity and deployment indices for higher education IT.
Research BulletinsECAR publishes research bulletins periodically based on member-contributed research. View all research bulletins.
Core Data Service Analysis
ECAR staff analyze Core Data Service data, focusing on the IT organization, staffing, and financing service areas. View 2012 CDS-based research.
The CDS 2013 Executive Summary Report and Data Almanacs will be published in February 2014.
Gartner and CHECS Research
ECAR subscribers also receive additional research, including four major Gartner IT1, access to Gartner webinars and 500+ IT News and Insight reports, and the Center for Higher Education Chief Informaiton Officer Studies (CHECS).
Gartner IT1 Reports
- Develop a Strategic Road Map for Postmodern ERP in 2013 and Beyond, announced September 4, 2013
- 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
Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS) 2013 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).