The 2011 Enterprise Application Market in Higher Education


  • Almost every college and university (>95%) delivers a set of six core applications: student information, HR/payroll, finance, e-mail (for faculty and staff and for students), learning management, and IT help desk trouble ticketing.
  • Learning/course management systems is the most homogeneous application area, with 94% of institutions using one of only five solution providers.
  • Open-source options are more widespread in LMS and CMS than other application areas.
  • Grants-management solutions—both for pre-award and for post-award application—are the most commonly homegrown tools among the application areas in our study.

Most States Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Provides statistics on the state funding for K-12 schools and discusses the larger repercussions.  See this article Recent Deep State Higher Education Cuts May Harm Students and the Economy for Years to Come for further information about higher education.  This article from March 19, 2013 may be more useful.

Trends in Student Aid

The College Board

“This report, “an annual College Board publication since 1983, is a compendium of detailed, up-to-date information on the funding that is available to help students pay for college. This report documents grant aid from federal and state governments, colleges and universities, employers, and other private sources, as well as loans, tax benefits, and Federal Work-Study Assistance. It examines changes in funding levels over time, reports on the distribution of aid across students with different incomes and attending different types of institutions, and tracks the debt students incur as they pursue the educational opportunities that can increase their earnings, open doors to new experiences, and improve their ability to adapt to an ever-changing society.”


Trends in College Pricing

The College Board

“Provides information on changes over time in undergraduate tuition and fees, room and board, and other estimated expenses related to attending colleges and universities. The report, which includes data through 2013-14 from the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges, reveals the wide variation in prices charged by institutions of different types and in different parts of the country. Of particular importance is the focus on the net prices students actually pay after taking grant aid into consideration. Data on institutional revenues and expenditures and on changing enrollment patterns over time supplement the data on prices to provide a clearer picture of the circumstances of students and the institutions in which they study.”