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Colleges and universities use Core Data Service benchmarks to inform IT strategic planning and management. CDS participants submit IT staffing, financials, and services data in an annual survey, and gain access to comparative data from peer institutions. EDUCAUSE researchers produce publications on CDS data and trends. Learn More >


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2014 Core Data Survey Highlights

Central IT Spending

For U.S. Non-Specialized Institutions

Noncompensation operating costs

54 percent graphic


34 percent graphic


9 percent graphic


IT Median Graphic

$906 is the central IT median spent per institutional FTE (students, faculty, and staff)


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Benchmarking Service BETA

Coming in early 2016 -- A new, next-level EDUCAUSE benchmarking report service, built on the Core Data Service database, will help IT leaders and their colleagues assess and benchmark organizational maturity and technology deployment for strategic initiatives. Learn More >

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Benchmarking IT: A Global Approach

Support your investment in CDS by reading up on this emerging methodology in higher ed IT benchmarking.

2014 Benchmarking Report, Almanacs, and More

The 2014 benchmarking report, almanacs, and a list of how the 2014 CDS data maps to the Top 10 IT Issues are now available.

Benchmarking to Inform Planning (EDUCAUSE Review article)

Using metrics to benchmark higher education IT financials, staffing, and services can add value by informing and reinforcing the decision-making process.

The Enterprise Application Market in Higher Ed

The ECAR Enterprise Application Market report series(for ECAR subscribers) analyzes 2014 CDS data to better understand how higher education institutions approach various information systems.