Big data analytics met with skepticism & hope

Late last month Marist College was featured in The Wall Street Journal for its development and usage of data software that utilizes predictive analytics to calculate if a student will fail within the first three weeks of a semester. As of now the analytic software, which was developed under the leadership of CIO Bill Thirsk and the School of Computer Science & Mathematics, is implemented only in the School of Management’s 100% Online Master of Public Administration program but Thirsk notes that this program will expand to more academic schools in the future. While this technological innovation provided Marist with a little media prestige, the implications of data insight leaves students and faculty questioning the shift to what may be perceived as a colder, more impersonal academic technique.

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