Is keeping students on track to earn a degree as simple as just sending them text messages reminding them to register for classes and renew financial aid? That’s one element of “predictive analytics,” which is the use of detailed student data—from demographic background to grades on recent homework assignments—to guide students toward academic success. With as many as 150 colleges and universities already using some form of analytics, what do journalists need to know about the pros and cons of how these systems work?
- Shari Garmise, Association of Public Land-Grant Universities
- Ed Venit, Education Advisory Board
- Stephanie Dupaul, Southern Methodist University
- Libby Nelson, Vox (moderator)