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Students and faculty are arguably the most important consumers of college and university IT services. We need to understand not only the technologies made available through colleges and universities, but also what these consumers do with IT. ECAR has been conducting research on students and information technology since 2004. In 2014, ECAR expanded this research to include the faculty perspective.

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

Institutions use these insights to:

  • Improve IT services
  • Increase technology-enabled productivity
  • Prioritize strategic contributions of information technology to higher education
  • Plan for technology shifts among the various constituencies of the academic community
  • Become more technologically competitive among peer institutions, and find out what it might take to compete at the next level


2014 Student and Faculty Studies


ECAR collaborated with 151 institutions to collect responses from 17,451 faculty respondents across 13 countries about their technology experiences.

ECAR collaborated with 213 institutions to collect responses from 75,306 undergraduate students about their technology experiences.

View the 2014 research.


Previous Student Studies

View 2004-2013 reports.


Any higher education institution may participate, and there is no fee. Institutions that conduct surveys receive additional data and reports.



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EDUCAUSE thanks the 2014 student study sponsors.

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