With ECAR data, analysis, and actionable recommendations you can improve your IT service delivery and increase the strategic value of IT for your institution.

Enhance Decision Making with ECAR

Make better decisions and improve service delivery with EDUCAUSE analytics services and research. Targeted specifically to professionals and leaders in higher education IT and technology, ECAR provides user data, higher education technology trends and practices, and collaboration opportunities focused on improving IT's contribution to higher education. View all ECAR publications. Learn more about our Analytics Services (Core Data Service and EDUCAUSE Technology Research in the Academic Community (ETRAC)).




ECAR Research Helps You Manage


  • One-day polls that rapidly gather, analyze, and share input from the EDUCAUSE community about specific emerging topics.
  • COVID-19 Topics: fall planning for education and student support, IT budgets, tech workforce, and more.

DIY Survey Kits for Students, Faculty, and Staff

  • Evaluating the 2020 spring semester
  • Remote work and learning experiences

EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues and Strategic Technologies

  • Knowing the most influential higher education IT trends, as well as those taking hold
  • Zeroing in on what's important and where to focus

Higher Education IT Workforce, 2019

The IT Workforce in Higher Education, 2019: CIOs, DEI, HR, Mentoring, and Salaries

  • Ensuring adequate staffing capacity and staff retention
  • Helping institutional constituents (including the IT staff) adapt to the increasing pace of technology change

2019 Student Technology Research

2019 Faculty Technology Research

  • Understanding and advancing technology's role in defining the student experience on campus
  • Using data and benchmarks to support ed tech goals

Digital Capabilities in Higher Education, 2017

Digital Capabilities in Higher Education, 2016

  • Repositioning or reinforcing the role of IT leadership as an integral strategic partner of institutional leadership in achieving institutional missions
  • Using BI and analytics to inform the broad conversation and answer big questions

Analytics in Higher Education, 2020 (Forthcoming)

  • In 2020 the EDUCAUSE Research team will be surveying the landscape of analytics practices and capabilities in higher education

Data Bytes Research Blog

  • Learning through research notes, data nuggets, and reflections on IT in higher education.

The Data Blog

  • Trending numbers. Infographics produced by ECAR

Research with Higher Education Partners

EDUCAUSE/AIR/NASPA Student Success Analytics Research

Enriching institutional decision-making with insights into the current landscape of student success data use

Learning in Three Dimensions

XR for Teaching and Learning

The EDUCAUSE/HP Campus of the Future Project investigates the benefits of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 3D scanning and printing technologies for teaching, learning, and research in higher ed.