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ERIC Number: EJ996504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-15
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Unlocking Student Data Could Lead to "App Economy" for Colleges: Colleges Are Pressured to Open Up Student Data
DeSantis, Nick
Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr 2012
College campuses are hothouses of data, including course schedules, degree requirements, and grades. But much of the information remains spread out across software systems or locked on university servers. Start-up companies want to pry the information loose from campus servers in order to offer personalized services that could transform the student experience. The idea of opening data to consumers has already spread to such industries as health care and energy. In 2010 the Department of Veterans Affairs introduced a "blue button" for online health records that lets patients download their information with a single click. Consumers looking to reduce their energy bills can use a similar tool: The White House recently promoted a "green button" for utility companies that lets customers download their energy-consumption information. Now a "MyData button" for students is on the horizon. A government campaign is urging colleges and companies that hold student data to make information like grades and test scores more portable and user-friendly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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