Benchmarking Report and Almanacs
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CDS Benchmarking Report
The 2015 CDS Benchmarking Report includes more than 40 slides that are preloaded with 2015 data. These data can help you answer the questions that are most commonly used in IT strategic planning, such as:
- What is a practical range for total budget based on my institution type, population, and budget?
- Do I have the appropriate budget to retrain current staff?
- What services should I provide?
How to Use the Report
- First, download your data in the CDS Reporting tool. You will use this data set to add your data to the report slides.
- Next, go to the report PPT and choose the slides that align with the topics you’re covering.
- View the question number in the slide notes, and pull that data from your spreadsheet.
- Right click on slide graphics to add your institution’s data.
- See how your institution compares to others.
- Integrate these customized slides into presentations and reports.
If you did not participate in CDS this year, you can still use the report as a first step to benchmarking your IT organization. When you complete the CDS survey, you’ll gain access to data in CDS Reporting that is customized to the peer groups you’ve created specifically for your institution.
- 2014 CDS Benchmarking Report
- 2013 Summary Report
- 2012 Summary Report
- 2011 Summary Report*
- 2009 Summary Report
- 2008 Summary Report
- 2007 Summary Report
- 2006 Summary Report
- 2005 Summary Report
- 2004 Summary Report
- 2003 Summary Report
- 2002 Summary Report
* Beginning in 2011, CDS reports and communications use the year in which data were collected and analyzed. While this change results in the appearance of a skipped year, the Core Data Service runs sequentially, with no years skipped.
These two-page summaries distill CDS survey data into categories that include IT financials, staffing, and services, and many other service areas. Data Almanacs are released annually.* Trends Almanacs are released every two years (the next release will be 2017).
- All Non-Specialized U.S. Institutions
- Associate's Colleges (AA)
- Baccalaureate Colleges (BA)
- Public Master's Institutions (MA I and MA II)
- Private Master's Institutions (MA I and MA II)
- Public Doctoral Institutions (DR EXT and DR INT)
- Private Doctoral Institutions (DR EXT and DR INT)
*Errata: 2015 data almanac files were updated as of March 4, 2016, to reflect metrics calculated with more rigorous data cleaning procedures. Affected metrics are as follows: total central IT spending per institutional FTE; total central IT spending per institutional employee FTE; total central IT spending per student FTE; total central IT spending as a percentage of institutional expenses; central IT outsourcing spending as a percentage of total central IT spending; central IT staff FTEs as a percentage of institutional employee FTEs; and central IT domain area spending as a percentage of total central IT spending.
Map CDS Data to the Top 10 IT Issues
If you integrate the annual EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues into your planning, you can map CDS data that aligns to those issues. For examples of CDS data that map to the top IT issues, see the About CDS page.
Dig Deeper into Your Data with Custom Analytics
Need decision support? Work with our research staff to create a proposal based on ECAR and CDS data and tailored to meet your needs. With custom analytics, you can increase the value of EDUCAUSE research and benchmarking data, gain a deeper understanding of your business questions, and inform decisions core to the success of your organization. Learn More >
Do Your Own Analysis
CDS participants can compare data with peers, view graphs and tables, download detailed reports, and look up responses to individual questions with CDS Reporting. Learn More >
Look Deeper: ECAR Analysis of Core Data
EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research analysts distill CDS survey data findings into research publications, including the Enterprise Application Market series and the Digital Capabilities series. View all ECAR research.