There are a lot of technologies mentioned when discussing achievement gaps and low persistence and attainment rates, especially for first-generation and minority students: online admissions tools, software that targets at-risk students, textbooks with built-in learning analytics, et cetera—and this publication covers them all.

But, according to researchers at Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin, there is a specific set of interventions that have nothing to do with technology that can boost success for these students; and the boost is noteworthy (40 percent). What’s also noteworthy is the massive scope of the research: more than 9,500 students were studied.


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