March 18, 2019 | News

Preparing for the Growing Demand of Higher Education

Higher education across the world is growing at an exciting rate, creating new opportunities and demands for campus computer labs.

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Higher education across the world is growing at an exciting rate. Global post secondary enrollments are projected to increase from 214.1 million in 2015 to 594.1 million in 2040.

As the population grows, so do the number of possible students. Most secondary education students are between ages 18-23 and by 2040, it is projected there will be 800 million people around the world in that age range.

Part of the reason for the growing number of enrollments is the rising number of people moving closer to cities. Urbanization is steadily increasing every year. In 1950, 29.6% of the world’s population lived in urban centers. In 2000, 46.65% of the world’s population lived in urban centers. By 2050, 66.4% of the world’s population are projected to live in urban centers.

The markets that are projected to grow the most in the next 20+ years are Asian and Pacific countries, with Sub-Saharan countries growing quickly. Latin American and Caribbean countries are also projected to see a rise in enrollments.

As universities grow, estimating demands for computer lab resources can be very costly. The more students enroll and begin taking classes, the more resources campuses are expected to provide for those students.

The demand will rise, but how much? Will you see your campus double or triple in size? Maybe simply rise a few percentage points in enrollments? And how will this affect you and your team?

In order to attain and maintain proportionate computer lab resources, you will need usage data. You will need to know exactly how your resources are being used in order to make accurate decisions and projections.

Questions like these will arise:

  • How many computers are being used at the same time?
  • Which computer lab is the most used? And why?
  • How many more software licenses do we need?
  • Can students find the available computers?

All of these questions and more can be answered with data reports from LabStats. Usage reports can tell you exactly which computers are being used concurrently. Tags features can help create reports on which computer labs are most popular. Software licenses are easy to manage once you run reports on their usage. And LabMaps can help you show students where available hardware, and even software, can be found.

As your enrollment numbers rise, so will demands for the right equipment. Make sure you’re prepared for the future of higher education with LabStats.