A guided tour through IT in higher education 2011

The EDUCAUSE 2011 Core Data Service Report: Highlights and Insights into Higher Education Information Technology 

Susan Grajek and Pam Arroway,


This report summarizes results from the 2011 EDUCAUSE Core Data Service survey data. More than 800 institutions participated this year and contributed data for an expanded set of topics, including data centers, information security, research computing, and distributed IT. Key findings, important trends, and similarities and differences across different types of institutions are highlighted.

Previously, the name of the CDS report reflected the fiscal year for which the financial data in that report were collected. The result was that the CDS Fiscal Year 2009 Summary Report, for example, was released in October 2010. Beginning this year, the report title reflects the calendar year in which the data were collected and analyzed because the CDS data extend beyond financial data. While this change results in the appearance of a skipped year, the Core Data Service runs sequentially, with no years skipped.

Getting the most out of “College Completion”

Video: Tour The Chronicle’s College Completion Web Site – College Completion – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Who graduates from college? Who doesn’t? And why does it matter? Use The Chronicle‘s new interactive site to answer those questions—and join the discussion. Jeff Selingo, The Chronicle‘s editorial director, shows you how to get the most out of the site.

“Who graduates from college, who doesn’t, and why it matters.”

College Completion: Graduation Rates and Data for 3,800 Colleges.
“College Completion is a microsite produced by The Chronicle of Higher Education with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to share data on completion rates in American higher education in a visually stimulating way. Our hope is that, as you browse around the site, you will find your own stories in the statistics and use the tools we provide to download data files; share charts through your own presentations; and comment, start conversations, or provide tips about this important topic.

This microsite is a tool to help you navigate a complex subject: which colleges do the best job of graduating their students. You can also benchmark institutions against their peers and find all the numbers you need to figure out why some colleges succeed while others fail. The site also offers plenty of links to resources for more information, as well as past and current news coverage of this topic.”

Clearer sailing for prospective college students

College Navigator
U.S. Department of Education

College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES – the National Center for Education Statistics.

College Affordability and Transparency Center

Here you will find information about tuition and net prices at postsecondary institutions. The site highlights institutions with high and low tuition and fees as well as high and low net prices (the price of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid). It also shows institutions where tuition and fees and net prices are increasing at the highest rates.