An algorithm designed to spot struggling students and offer guidance and assistance even in the first couple weeks of their college career proved highly effective at Purdue University over the past six years.

[caption id="attachment_59251" align="alignleft" width="150"]purdue-signals-program Signals was first used at Purdue University in 2007.[/caption]

The program, known as Signals, is one of the first advanced analytics programs to identify at-risk students by delving into reams of data that offer a clear picture into how a student in adjusting to her college education.

Signals examines numbers gathered from more than 20 data points...

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