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EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research

IT professionals and higher education leaders use ECAR research and analyses to predict, plan, and act on IT trends.


Core Data Service

Colleges and universities use CDS to benchmark their IT organizations and inform their IT strategic planning and management.

Programs and Resources

Forecast the Future

EDUCAUSE Top-Ten IT Issues and ECAR Top-Ten Strategic Technologies

Understand IT Needs

ECAR student and faculty research

Predict, Plan, and Act

ECAR research and analyses

Benchmark IT

CDS IT staffing, funding, and services

Dig Deeper with Data

Decision support based on EDUCAUSE data

EDUCAUSE Research Team

The Research Team provides services through ECAR and CDS. Research programs are guided by EDUCAUSE members, Board of Directors, Executive Team, advisory groups, and expert panels.

News and Events

Big Data and Campus Infrastructure

How will campuses support big data and what's the impact on campus infrastructure? Learn more in this new ECAR Working Group series. 

A Common Cloud Strategy

This new ECAR report outlines a "cloud first" strategy for higher education IT that moves away from a traditional data center model.

We Analyze Too Much and Synthesize Too Little

Could strategists create better business solutions if they practiced synthesis as much as analysis? Learn more in this new report.

The 2014 Study of Students and IT

Use the feedback from more than 75,000 students to inform your IT planning with this publicly available ECAR report.

A Handbook for Improving Student Success with IPAS

This new ECAR report gives you an insider's look into the implementation of integrated planning and advising services.

CDS Spotlight on the Financial Management System

See current data on higher education financial management systems, as well as future trends and implementation tips in this new ECAR resource.

Measure learning innovation with ELI's Seeking Evidence of Impact program.


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September 29–October 2
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Events for all Levels and Interests

Whether you're looking for a conference to attend face-to-face to connect with peers, or for an online event for team professional development, see what's upcoming.


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2014 Strategic Priorities

  • Building the Profession
  • IT as a Game Changer
  • Foundations

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