Higher Education in Focus: Selected Performance Indicators

This biennial report is intended to inform public discourse on higher education by providing key performance indicators relevant to the goal of increasing educational attainment. Performance indicators are categorized within six dimensions: Preparation, Participation, Affordability, Completion, Equity, and Finance.


2016 Annual Technologies Committee Meeting

The Consequential Divide: Bridging the Gap between Technology and Pedagogy
The Annual Technologies Committee meeting brought together an intimate group of higher education chief information officers, technology experts, and information technology (IT) procurement professionals from across the Midwest on February 24-26, to address IT challenges, share best practices, and find innovative solutions. The annual meeting, brought together John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE president and CEO, who presented on the divide in higher education between IT, administration, and faculty. A group of panelists expanded further on this topic, exploring the major differences in technology and learning between secondary and postsecondary education.

2014-15 Costs Savings and Cumulative Cost Savings

2015-16 Cost Savings and Cumulative Cost Savings

November 16-17, 2015, Commission Meeting: Chicago, IL

Software Solutions

This brief provides an overview of student success software and summarizes findings from the nascent body of student outcomes research. Three types of software solutions are examined: academic planning systems, task engagement systems, and early alert systems. Several campus practices are then identified that may facilitate software adoption.

The Effectiveness and Efficiency of Postsecondary Institutions in the United States: 2010-2012 Baseline Results

This brief summarizes the results of two working papers that addressed the problem of using raw graduation rates and degrees produced per expenditure as indicators of effectiveness and efficiency. Institutional effectiveness is defined as the difference between an institution’s actual graduation rate and the rate that would be expected given the institution’s structural attributes, the types of students served, financial resources, and the geographical context. Institutional efficiency is estimated as the difference between actual educational expenditures and the expenditures that would be predicted from degree production levels, faculty attributes, and location. Highly effective colleges and universities are identified within each state.

Measuring the Efficiency of Postsecondary Institutions: A Regression-based Approach to Adjusting for Differences in Cost Structures