Big Data 101: Colleges Are Hoping Predictive Analytics Can Fix Their Dismal Graduation Rates
on July 14, 2014
Welcome to college, freshmen. Now look at the neighbor on your left, and the neighbor on your right. One of the three of you won't be here at graduation
. Decades ago, colleges would start off freshmen orientation by pointing out how many students wouldn't succeed. The practice has gone out of style. But the graduation rate has barely budged: less than two-thirds of students who start college ever finish. So the central mystery of higher education remains the same: who will graduate? Who won't? What separates the successes from the dropouts? And how can colleges turn the latter into the former before it's too late?
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