Main Nav

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 >


Add Data

Contribute Data


Access Data

Compare Data


View Trends

Interpret Data




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)


Discover More




News and Events

Benchmarking Infographic (EDUCAUSE Review)

This EDUCAUSE Research Snapshot infographic explains how metrics and data benchmarks can inform planning.

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.

Quick Tutorial: Assign Reviewers, Download Data for One Question

This five-minute recording shows you how to assign module reviewer status to a colleague and how to download data for just one question.

Answer Key Questions with Custom Analytics

EDUCAUSE now offers decision support services based on CDS and ECAR data.


Annual Conference

October 27–30
Save the Date

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.


Digital Badges
Member recognition effort
Earn yours >

Career Center

Leadership and Management Programs

EDUCAUSE Institute
Project Management



Jump Start Your Career Growth

Explore EDUCAUSE professional development opportunities that match your career aspirations and desired level of time investment through our interactive online guide.


EDUCAUSE organizes its efforts around three IT Focus Areas



Join These Programs If Your Focus Is


Get on the Higher Ed IT Map

Employees of EDUCAUSE member institutions and organizations are invited to create individual profiles.



2015 Strategic Priorities

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

Learn More >

Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good™

EDUCAUSE is the foremost community of higher education IT leaders and professionals.