THE DARK SIDE OF CHOICE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Judith Scott Clayton blogs for The New York Times: Innovative technology and marketing strategies might be able to nudge students toward better decisions without limiting their freedom to choose. For example, it would be much easier for students to identify and compare relevant courses if academic catalogs were less like phone books and more like, say, Netflix. Then students could interactively search and browse on dimensions like course subject, timing, difficulty, prerequisites, major requirements or instructor ratings. Over time, students could be offered personalized suggestions based on their previous choices. New students could even be offered the equivalent of a prix fixe menu, offering a limited selection of prepackaged pathways while still allowing students to choose à la carte. Colleges could also help students navigate their options by providing more frequent and better advising, rather than waiting for students to ask for help. Results from a recent randomized experiment suggest that academic coaches may significantly improve student persistence.
單字說明:prix fixe/able d'hôte