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Use staffing, financials, and services benchmarks to inform IT planning.

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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2015 Core Data Survey Highlights

On the Rise: Information Security Risk Assessment

For U.S. Non-Specialized Institutions

In 2016, the #1 IT issue in higher education is cybersecurity. CDS shows that the percentage of institutions conducting information security risk assessments has risen from 71% in 2013 to 81% in 2015. Institutions are focusing on central IT infrastructure, systems, and data.


2015 Security Risk Data


Institutions with Mandatory Information Security Training

2015 Security Training Data


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!

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News and Events

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

2015 Data Almanacs and More
The 2015 almanacs and a list of how the 2015 CDS data maps to the Top 10 IT Issues are now available.

Benchmarking to Inform Planning The EDUCAUSE Core Data Service
Using metrics to benchmark higher education IT financials, staffing, and services can add value by informing and reinforcing the decision-making process.