Washington Post: Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply. “Colleges are collecting more data about prospective students than ever before — part of an effort, administrators say, to make better predictions about which students are the most likely to apply, accept an offer and enroll. Records reviewed by The Post show that at least 44 public and private universities in the United States work with outside consulting companies to collect and analyze data on prospective students, by tracking their Web activity or formulating predictive scores to measure each student’s likelihood of enrolling.”
Nieman Lab: College students who go off Facebook for a week consume less news and report being less depressed. “Threatening to leave Facebook, or talking about how you should spend less time on it, is common. Actually leaving is less common (though it is happening). If you do leave, it might be good for you…and you also might miss it: A study of 1,769 U.S. undergrads found that those who got off Facebook for a week consumed less news, experienced greater wellbeing…and, uh, valued Facebook 20 percent more highly, in monetary terms, than they had before they took their break.”
CNET: Best apps for college students to save time, money and rock another semester. “From hailing a ride to finding a date and even learning French, there are helpful apps available to aid in almost any task, so it tracks that there would be a slew of apps made for college students to help them both scholastically and in general campus life. As college co-eds around the country prepare to head back to school, being armed with the best digital tools can actually make a huge difference in how their school year shakes out.” The one comment criticizes one of the apps, Scholly, and accuses it of bad dealing.
Michigan Advance: How students used social media and memes to change a University of Michigan sexual health policy . “The University of Michigan has a long history of politically active movements, from the 1962 Port Huron Statement, the first-ever teach-in in 1965 and picket-sign style protests to fight segregation. But today, students have a new form of political creativity: memes, Twitter updates and Instagram stories.”
New York Times: When the A.I. Professor Leaves, Students Suffer, Study Says. “For years, big tech companies have used huge salaries, bonuses and stock packages to lure artificial intelligence experts out of academia. Now, a study released on Friday says that migration has hurt the post-college prospects of students.”
The Hindu: New social media rule for college students sets their teeth on edge. “Many engineering college students are unhappy with new rules that will see their social media accounts being connected to that of their higher education institutes. As per directions from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), on Monday asked all its affiliated colleges to identify a ‘social media champion’ — a faculty or non-faculty member — who will operate all the social media accounts of the college. The SMC will have to to publicise the ‘good work’ done by the institute and its students.”
Tulane University: Tulane offers free material for teaching students about social impact careers. “The Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University has developed an online library with materials such as instructor guides, videos, worksheets and other resources to assist educators in helping university students develop careers that address social or environmental issues.”