Research & Publications

March 18, 2015

Personalizing Post-Secondary Education

The number of adaptive learning providers has expanded in recent years, with both start-up companies and established publishers offering products for the growing higher education market. Yet, for an institution seeking an adaptive learning provider—or a researcher seeking to understand the market—there was no broad overview to serve as an entry point. This report, which began as part of an internal effort to understand the landscape of providers, the products they offer, and which institutions are using them, aims to fill that gap.



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March 11, 2015

Online Learning in Postsecondary Education

“Online Learning in Postsecondary Education: A Review of the Empirical Literature (2013-2014)” assesses the current state of research on online teaching and learning. In reviewing twelve recent studies we found that there are still significant gaps in our understanding of the effectiveness of online and hybrid formats of teaching. 



Author(s): D. Derek Wu

Tags: Online learning

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March 04, 2015

The Effects of Rising Student Costs in Higher Education

“The Effects of Rising Student Costs in Higher Education: Evidence from Public Institutions in Virginia” finds that when state funding for higher education erodes, the impact is most severe on low-income students.



Author(s): Christine Mulhern & Richard R. Spies & Matthew P. Staiger & D. Derek Wu

January 20, 2015

In Pursuit of Excellence and Inclusion

Under the leadership of President Michael Crow, Arizona State University (ASU) has established a straightforward vision to guide the activities of the institution and has stuck to those basic guiding principles for over a decade:

To establish ASU as the model for the New American University, measured not by who we exclude, but rather by who we include and how they succeed; pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community. 


Author(s): Kevin M. Guthrie & Christine Mulhern & Martin Kurzweil

December 11, 2014

Technology-Enhanced Education at Public Flagship Universities

Public research universities are under great pressure to increase access, lower costs, and improve instruction, even as they face diminishing financial support from the states they serve. Against this backdrop, Ithaka S+R, with funding from Lumina Foundation, undertook a study of ten institutions in the Public Flagships Network (PFN). Over the course of the 2013/2014 academic year, Ithaka S+R interviewed 214 individuals, ranging from presidents and provosts to key administrative officers and staff, to department chairs and faculty.


July 10, 2014

Interactive Online Learning on Campus

Online technologies show promise for educating more people in innovative ways that can lower costs for universities and colleges, but how can higher education leaders move forward, confident in their choices about how best to integrate these technologies on their campuses? With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ithaka S+R is working to help provide the answer.



Author(s): Rebecca Griffiths & Matthew Chingos & Christine Mulhern & Richard Spies

June 18, 2014

Sustaining the Digital Humanities

As more and more scholars experiment with building digital humanities (DH) resources, how are their host institutions approaching the challenge of supporting these diverse projects over time?


June 18, 2014

Sustainability Implementation Toolkit

What do the digital humanities look like on your campus? What types of projects are your faculty undertaking? Which will require longer-term support, and where will that support come from? What roles do your service units, centers, and digital labs play in the various life-cycle stages, and is this clear to faculty? This toolkit will help administrators create a coherent institutional strategy for supporting digital humanities activities and the valuable outputs that they generate.



April 30, 2014

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians

This study, funded by the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, looks at how art historians' research practices are evolving in the digital age.


Intended primarily for the museums, libraries, academic departments, and visual resources centers that support research in art history within the U.S., this project focused on five key areas:


1. The emergence of "digital art history," and how it is diverging from the broader understanding of the digital humanities.


March 27, 2014

A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources

There are fewer barriers than ever before for those who wish to build something on the web, whether an online journal, a website with tools for teaching, or a digitized collection of rare and unique materials. Yet, no matter who creates these resources or how they were initially funded, there are substantial costs involved in keeping digital resources up and running for the long term while continuing to deliver value to those who use them. 



Author(s): Nancy L. Maron

Tags: Nancy L. Maron

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