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  1. Nov 2017
    1. Mount St. Mary’s use of predictive analytics to encourage at-risk students to drop out to elevate the retention rate reveals how analytics can be abused without student knowledge and consent

      Wow. Not that we need such an extreme case to shed light on the perverse incentives at stake in Learning Analytics, but this surely made readers react. On the other hand, there’s a lot more to be said about retention policies. People often act as though they were essential to learning. Retention is important to the institution but are we treating drop-outs as escapees? One learner in my class (whose major is criminology) was describing the similarities between schools and prisons. It can be hard to dissipate this notion when leaving an institution is perceived as a big failure of that institution. (Plus, Learning Analytics can really feel like the Panopticon.) Some comments about drop-outs make it sound like they got no learning done. Meanwhile, some entrepreneurs are encouraging students to leave institutions or to not enroll in the first place. Going back to that important question by @sarahfr: why do people go to university?

  2. May 2017
    1. this country does not address the ever-widening gap in income and asset inequality, no amount of special programming will close the graduation gap.
    2. “stopped out”—putting their academic careers on hold until they were able to pay—owed the college less than $1,000.

      people don't have time for school and time to hold aa good paying job

    3. and not just the cost of tuition, but the costs of books, materials, transportation, and housing.

      Material cost are also too high, same with living costs so it's even more that students have to pay for

    4. Some schools, such as Harvard University, have created programs to boost applications and attendance from highly qualified low- and middle-income students.

      this is good because some people who are super smart can't pay but qualify to be there

    5. For many others, postsecondary education would be out of the question without generous subsidies from the government, their colleges and universities, or other sources.”

      going to college just ist the option for some students with low-income families

    6. “Low-income students face barriers to college success at every stage of the education pipeline, from elementary school through post-secondary education, sometimes in spite of their academic achievements,” a White House report stated.

      It's sad that they're doomed from the start, they spend their lives struggling through, and it's understandable why some don't go to college because they need to worry about paying for their living outside of college and simply don't have time.

    7. Despite the growing need for increased education and advanced degrees to secure jobs, only 59 percent of students who begin college as freshman at a four-year college receive their diploma within six years.

      Some low-income people struggle through and can't even finish out because they can't make it finacially.