In 2003, the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) launched its first major study of college students and their use of information technology (IT). Conducted annually, the study asks undergraduates to respond to an extensive set of questions concerning their ownership of, use of, and perceived skill with various information technologies both inside and outside the classroom.
The 2008 Tufts Students Respond report represents a distillation of The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2008 with a focus on how Tufts students compare to their peers at other ECAR four-year institutions in terms of their perceptions of and use of information technology. This year’s report includes key highlights and observations from the full ECAR data set, key findings and observations from the Tufts data set, and a comprehensive series of charts graphically representing the full set of ECAR Study findings. 2010 study is still underway.
Tufts University participates regularly in the ECAR Study by surveying freshmen and senior undergraduates on a self-selected basis. The ECAR survey has been conducted locally by UIT Academic Technology, in coordination with the Offices of the Dean of Student Services and the Dean of Undergraduate Education, and with support from Dawn Terkla, Associate Provost for Institutional Research. Tufts’ participation in the survey lends value to the overall research study, which, in 2008, included survey data from 27, 317 freshmen, senior, and community college students and interview data from students at 98 institutions of higher education.