The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 19th, 2015
It’s difficult to retain students in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics fields. Of the students who declared STEM
majors at some point from 2003 to 2009, nearly half had switched out of the sciences by 2009.
But the newly formed University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley hopes to
keep more students in those and related fields — and on track to
graduate on time — by mixing big-data and personalized approaches. This
fall the university will start a competency-based biomedical-sciences
program through a new system called TEx, or "Total Educational
Experience." The system closely monitors students’ progress in their
courses, taking into account outside demands that might hinder their
ability to complete coursework.