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Student Study: How to Participate in 2016

The ECAR Students and Information Technology study is based on an annual survey that helps you assess student technology expectations and experiences at your institution. Any higher education institution may participate, and there is no fee.

  1. Understand the research series and its value to your institution. Review the series overview and 2015 research.
  2. Select a survey administrator. Institutions must appoint a survey administrator, who is responsible for corresponding with ECAR, securing institutional approval, providing sampling plan information, and sending the survey invitation to students and/or faculty.
  3. Review the resources below. These will help you prepare and execute each study.
  4. Express your intent to participate in 2016 surveys. Complete the sign-up form (coming soon!) by January 2016. The ECAR research team will follow-up with survey process and and resources.
  5. Contact the ECAR research team at if you have questions.


Faculty Study: Options for 2016

While ECAR will not conduct a stand-alone faculty study in 2016, we will continue to use the 2015 faculty data to keep our research relevant to the needs and experiences of this important constituent group. We are experimenting with an every-other-year cycle for this research effort. Local survey implementation and benchmarking services are still available in off-cycle years. Institutions interested in running the faculty study during an off-cycle can contact to learn more.


Why Participate?

This study can help leaders frame and answer key questions about what their students need and hope for from technology, which can help immensely as an institution develops its strategic objectives for educational technology."
Susan Grajek, Vice President of Data, Research, and Analytics, EDUCAUSE

The data and findings from this research can catalyze conversations among IT professionals about how to better serve their constituents; among institutional leaders about how to use technology strategically; and among students about how to articulate their technology needs and expectations.

Participating institutions receive:

  • The annual research report;
  • An aggregate-level summary/benchmarking report that compares your institution's responses with other institutions'; and
  • The raw (anonymous) data of your institution's responses, so you can conduct further analyses.


Resources for the 2016 Student Research

Unlinked items are forthcoming.

  • Intent to Participate form (PDF for preview only)
  • Participation checklist
  • Survey instrument
  • Research prospectus
  • IRB planning
  • Sampling plan information
  • Sample size calculator tool
  • Informed Consent Documentation
  • Example Documents
    • E-mail for student invitation
    • Benchmarking and comparison report
  • 2014 Participants (list of institutions)


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Contact ECAR

Contact us if you have questions about EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Community.


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2015 Research

Student and faculty research reports, infographics, and slide presentation will be available soon.



Thanks to Our Sponsor

EDUCAUSE thanks the 2015 student study sponsor.