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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 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.