Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Looking Beyond the Data to Help Students Succeed

The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 22md, 2015

If Santa Monica College had relied solely on data analytics to predict whether Jaime J. would succeed, the picture would have looked bleak. He was, after all, a financially struggling, first-generation Hispanic student who was juggling a job with classes. His math skills were shaky.
But there was more to the picture than that. Using a 30-minute online assessment that focuses on noncognitive skills, advisers at the two-year institution in Southern California learned that Jaime was also a conscientious student with good study habits who had long dreamed of becoming a computer engineer.
The college assigned him a success coach (the college’s dean of counseling and retention), who met with Jaime weekly to keep him motivated.

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