Tech Guides Pathways For Student Success
- Improving student success in secondary education begins with communicating to students of all abilities that there are options for the future and providing the technological resources needed for those students to prepare for that future.
- Three key questions for institutions to ask before implementing technology applications are: 1) Who is being educated? 2) Who is on track? and 3) Who is left out?
“The best outreach efforts help students understand that we want them to go to college. That outreach helps to build confidence and college aspirations, especially for students who may not think it’s possible..”
Martha Kanter, executive director of the College Promise Campaign and a senior fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute of Higher Education Policy, says that three of the most important questions for institutions implementing technology applications are: 1) Who is being educated? 2) Who is on track? and 3) Who is dropping out or left out? These questions, she says, “Are tied back to the rules that are put in place when you craft a tech-based system and use a multitude of applications and analytics. Technology-based vendors must work closely with experts on campus to ask, ‘Where do we want students to go next?’” That process, according to Kanter, is one that should start well before students come to campus.