University tracks student ID to prevent drop-outs

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One ongoing concern in university education is that too many students drop out before finishing their degrees. This can happen for many reasons, including personal or financial issues, or students feeling overwhelmed. Now one university is trying to help students. The University of Arizona is tracking freshman students’ ID card swipes to anticipate which students are more likely to drop out. The ID cards are used by students at more than 700 locations on campus. This includes residence halls, the library, the student rec center, and in purchasing vending machine snacks and cafeteria meals. Researchers led by Sudha Ram, director…

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