​Do Universities Abuse Data About Student Behaviors?

PROFESSOR BIG BROTHER: Did you make it to that on-campus party on Saturday night? If you’re a student at Ball State University in Indiana, your school may already know the answer--and if you didn’t attend, “retention specialists” may follow up to make sure you’re still engaged in campus life.

Over at The New York Times, Goldie Blumenstyk writes about how universities are using data about student activities, from “heat maps” that track which students cram and which prepare for exams in advance to an app designed to help low-income freshmen who qualify for Pell Grants stay on track to predictive analytics matching students and majors. 

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