Online Course | Turning Effort into Results: How to Effectively Use the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service

Part 1: October 3, 2018 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 2: October 10, 2018 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: October 17, 2018 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET


On average, institutions spend between 7 and 22 hours completing the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey each year. Some savvy users have successfully used CDS data to negotiate for more IT resources, tell a story about current-state operations to new leadership, make operational decisions, and much more. Most users, however, leave the value of CDS on the table. Join us as we help you learn how to turn hours spent on the CDS into effective results. This course is intended for current or new participants of CDS.

Learning Objectives

During this course, participants will:

  • Explore common CDS data use cases and develop your own use case
  • Learn how to plan for participation in CDS and develop a CDS survey response project plan
  • Use CDS data to inform your data use case
  • Become more confident in your ability to use CDS data and navigate the CDS Portal

NOTE: Participants will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated below and will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators on how to improve and shape their work.


Leah Lang Leah Lang, Director of Analytics Services, EDUCAUSE

Leah Lang leads EDUCAUSE Analytics Services, a suite of data services, products, and tools that can be used to inform decision-making about IT in higher education. The foundational service in this suite is the EDUCAUSE Core Data Services (CDS), higher education's comprehensive IT benchmarking data service.