Higher education leaders say data, autonomy can help improve student success

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Many students are unsure of how many credit hours are necessary to graduate and programs such as DegreeMap allow students to be more autonomous with their education, said Austin Community College President Richard Rhodes March 3 at SXSWedu's Analytics and Student Success Innovations in Higher Education panel.

DegreeMap is an education planning program that provides students with information such as scholarship resources, class requirements for degree programs, financial aid and other college resources.

“I think it's a model for us that we'll continue to invest in,” Rhodes said. “We need to put this [technology] in the hands of the students because they can use it very effectively. Some students need some strong advising and they need some help and guidance...other students are self-motivated and driven and need almost no help whatsoever, and let them go.”

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