Algorithm use in student success comes with key issues: Opinion

September 28, 2021
In a recent Inside Higher Ed article, Scott Jaschik discusses the issues with using algorithms to lead admissions. Jaschik explains that some postsecondary institutions use algorithms to determine the minimum scholarship a student must be offered to influence their decision to study at the institution, which does not necessarily lead to student persistence and graduation. Jaschik highlights the perspectives of others who advocate for reforms for algorithm use to ensure that students are receiving the support they need for success and that they are treated fairly by institutions. The author explains that other perspectives include the idea that algorithms can be used appropriately to help those making decisions about groups of students. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)