Software Will Flag Struggling KU Students

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, December 5, 2011

The University of Kansas is planning a new system for identifying struggling first-year students and finding them help.

The school is finalizing its contract with a software provider whose system will flag students over problems designated by professors, such as missing class, failing to turn in assignments or flunking tests.

Students who are flagged will hear from the university's student advising office. From there, an adviser will try to determine any issues students are having. Students also will be directed to on-campus programs that provide such services as tutoring or writing help.

The program is part of an effort to boost retention and graduation rates.

University spokeswoman Jill Jess says she doesn't know how much the program will cost.

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