2017 EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) Benchmarking Report


The 2017 Core Data Service (CDS) Benchmarking Report summarizes key findings from the CDS 2017 survey, provides a glimpse into the breadth of CDS data, and ultimately provides you with an opportunity to conduct your own benchmarking assessment. The customizable graphs contained within this report are meant to be used to assess your IT operation compared to that at peer institutions of similar size, control, or Carnegie Classification.

The CDS 2017 survey concluded with 775 participants. The metrics discussed in this report focus primarily on FY2016/17 central IT financials, staffing, and services from 648 nonspecialized U.S. institutions. Metrics are calculated for each of six Carnegie Classification groupings using the 2015 classification system (AA, BA, MA public, MA private, DR public, and DR private). These groupings provide the most granular breakdown by institutional type possible (given available sample sizes) and should provide suitable comparison groups for most institution types and sizes within the United States. 

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