The Gates Foundation: Featuring Student Success At Georgia State
Tyler Mulvenna, like millions of students in this country, is the first in his family to attempt college. Watch his story and learn how Georgia State University is working to help make it a success story.
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In the face of changing demographics and declining funding, Georgia State University asked a simple question: What if it were to take the troubling student outcomes data seriously? What if it were to use data to diagnose the reasons that students were dropping out and to design and implement innovative interventions to help keep students on track to complete their degrees?
Transforming the use of data from primarily a compliance exercise to a platform for action is easier said than done. So we travelled to four unusually successful universities to learn about how they used data and where it led them.
Big data and associated technologies have enormous potential for positive impact in the United States, from augmenting the sophistication of online interactions to enhancing understanding of climate change to making advances in healthcare.
In 2003, Georgia State’s institutional graduation rate stood at 32% and underserved populations were foundering. Today, thanks to a campus-wide commitment to student success and more than a dozen strategic programs implemented over the past several years, Georgia State’s achievement gap is gone.