Universities & the student data trail

The Guardian has an interesting article out right now about universities collecting and using data on students to improve retention, etc.

By plotting library usage against academic achievement they discovered that students who did not use the library were more than seven times more likely to drop out of their degree than those who did.

Lots of interesting ethical issues here. Hopefully we will be able to discuss this sort of practice in my Predictive Analytics (Data Mining) class this Fall (ISC 420).