"Are Students Socially Connected? Check Their Dining-Hall-Swipe Data"

Chronicle journalist Vimal Patel wrote an article in April 2019 discussing a study conducted at the University of Iowa. Featured here is an excerpt of the article; click the link below to few the full story.

"A pair of ideas in higher education have gained wide acceptance in recent years. One is the use of Big Data to help identify students who may be at risk of dropping out, and intervening to set them back on track. The other is the importance of social connections in student success.

Research scheduled to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Toronto on Tuesday combines those trends in a novel way to measure students’ social connectedness. Researchers at the University of Iowa collected data on a semester’s worth of ID-card swipes at the dining hall — nearly a half million from about 4,000 students in the fall of 2009 — and created a measure that correlates positively with retention and graduation rates."

Read the full story at the Chronicle of Higher Education: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Are-Students-Socially/246077?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

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