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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

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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

A new, next-level EDUCAUSE benchmarking report service, built on the Core Data Service database, helps IT leaders and their colleagues assess and benchmark organizational maturity and technology deployment for strategic initiatives. If you participate in the Core Data Service, you'll enjoy a fast-track to using this new service. A Beta version of the service is open to ECAR subscribers and ELI members for testing! Learn More >

News and Events

Core Data Service 2015 Data Release

Core Metrics and Modules 1, 2, 7, and 8 are available now.

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.