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Calculating the Costs of Distributed IT Staff and Applications
August 20, 2015

As most higher education institutions continue to experience rising costs, reductions in funding from nontuition sources, and growing pressure to curtail tuition increases, the need to know and m…

In-Memory Computing: ECAR-WG Technology Spotlight
August 14, 2015

In-memory computing helps make big-data analytics possible by keeping data in a server’s RAM rather than removing it to databases on separate disk drives. Keeping it at the cached l…

User Authentication Technologies Beyond the Password
July 20, 2015

User authentication is an essential element of modern IT systems, yet understanding options and balancing requirements remain complex. One-time passwords, smart cards, certificates, biometrics an…

The Chief Information Officer in Higher Education, 2015 Reports
July 20, 2015

This study provides information about  higher education CIOs’ attributes, education, experience, and effectiveness  and about the technology professionals who are likely to replace these…

Research Computing in the Cloud: Functional Considerations for Research
July 14, 2015

Transitioning to use of cloud services is becoming commonplace in higher education, but this trend has not been fully tested for research computing . Research computing involves unique needs a…

The 2014 Enterprise Application Market in Higher Education
July 20, 2015

The 2014 Enterprise Application Market reports from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research use data from the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) to better understand how higher education inst…

CDS Spotlight: Information Security
June 26, 2015

This research bulletin uses data from Modules 1 and 7 of the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service to examine the current state of information security in higher education. Using an infographic format, …

The Evolution Continues: Considerations for the Future of Research in Online and Blended Learning
June 16, 2015

The model of online learning that has evolved over the past 20 years relies on ubiquitous data communications that are owned and operated routinely by all segments of the population. Today, peopl…

Educational Technology and Faculty Development in Higher Education
June 15, 2015

Assisting faculty with the instructional integration of information technology and the optimization of technology in teaching and learning are enduring themes in the top 10 IT issues in highe…

IPAS Evaluation and Assessment Guide
May 27, 2015

This report consists of two main parts. The first addresses a host of methodological and procedural issues related to the evaluation and assessment of IT projects in general and IPAS projects in …