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Through a Glass, Brightly: IT’s Impact on Higher Education by 2020
August 28, 2012

The ECAR 2012 Symposium, was held June 18–20, 2012, in Boulder, Colorado. This event gave IT and higher education leaders the chance to imagine that the year is 2020 and to speculate about th…

If I Had a Million Dollars
March 20, 2012

This ECAR Research Bulletin focuses on EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey results related to a somewhat lighthearted but insightful hypothetical question about how two constituent groups mig…

Open Wikis and the Protection of Institutional Welfare
February 7, 2012

Much has been written about wikis’ reliability and use in the classroom. This research bulletin addresses the negative impacts on institutional welfare that can arise from participating in a…

How Are Students Actually Using IT? An Ethnographic Study
November 29, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin describes an anthropological ethnographic analysis of student practices relating to the use of information technology on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) c…

Connecting Student Data from ECAR and CDS
September 29, 2011

This CDS Spotlight focuses on integrating selected data from the 2010 CDS survey results with selected results of the ECAR National Study of Students and Information Technology in Higher Educat…

The Soft Side of SaaS: Implications for IT in Higher Education
May 3, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin provides an understanding of how the evolution of software as a service (SaaS) will impact the relationships and roles of business and IT organizations in our college…

Practical Strategies for Managing Risk in Cloud Computing
March 1, 2011

This ECAR research bulletin identifies some key principles on which to base decisions related to security assurance and compliance capabilities in cloud computing environments. It also illustrate…

Innovation and Information Infrastructure: Making Sound Investments for E-Research
November 16, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin provides a framework to assist universities in making sound investments in research information infrastructure in an increasingly complex global knowledge economy. In…

Structuring the IT Organization for Cloud Services
June 15, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin is based on recent ECAR research on the continuing evolution of the IT help desk and the ramifications of above-campus services and cloud computing for higher educati…

IT Organizations: Balancing Centralized Efficiencies with Localized Needs
May 4, 2010

This ECAR research bulletin outlines an approach for rethinking the structure for delivery of IT services in colleges and universities that have multiple IT groups. It examines where in the inst…