Big data could solve the college-dropout problem

Mark C. Hampton is vice president for planning, analytics and decision support at New York Institute of Technology. America’s most famous college dropout thinks too many students are following his lead.

Bill Gates, who left Harvard to found Microsoft, says it’s “tragic” that only half of the 2 million students who started college this fall will graduate. In a recent blog post, Gates hints at a solution: big data. Colleges have access to extraordinary amounts of data — not just on students’ academic performance, but also on their eating habits, social life and daily routines.

Author: Susan Svrluga


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