The ‘Moneyball’ Solution for Higher Education
Kimberly Hefling, Politico
Education is supposed to be a ladder to prosperity, but in the decades-long push to open college doors wide, an unintended casualty has been the college dropout.
For the past seven years, Georgia State University has been feeding student data into a "Moneyball"-style predictive analytics system to improve its graduation rates. The custom piece of software monitors some 52,000 students using 800 different academic risk factors, from how well they're doing in algebra to whether they've started to miss class regularly.
The system also tracks 14 financial indicators like unpaid student debt. The goal is to catch students before they reach a crisis point and provide the advising and instructional help to get them through it.