Stats Gathered in Advising Help Colleges Rethink Intro Courses
Michael Anft, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Data points from new software platforms are helping advisers work with students to keep them engaged and enrolled. But the information is also helping colleges revamp the courses those students take.
New technologies from several companies churn out statistics on a student's grades, degree plan, and course schedule, but also on his or her financial situation, social background, and other matters discussed with an adviser.
Middle Tennessee State University, for example, is using such data to help reshape several courses that serve as harbingers of a student’s future. The goal: get more students the required general-ed credits and retain them through graduation.