The New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum: Campus Matters: The Promise of Big Data
Fewer than half the nation’s students graduate within four years. Can big data boost student success? What’s next in predictive analytics? (Presented by Timothy Renick- Vice Provost and Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success, Georgia State University)
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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.