While many parents are concerned for the personal security of their children using mobile devices and apps, one of the subtlest concerns that can impact a child’s future college and employment opportunities is their social media presence. Many college admissions departments are integrating the data gathered by the social media profiles of students.
According to a PBS News Hour report last August, Ithaca College freshman applicants did not have to send in their standardized test scores. If they did submit them, they would be considered but it was not a requirement. According to the report, colleges are using the same big data techniques that other industries are employing to predict behavior. In the case of colleges, they are searching for information about an applicant that will indicate they are likely to graduate.
Jay Bacrania, is the CEO of Signet Education in Cambridge, New York. He helps college-bound high school students develop and implement a personal strategy to prepare for and pursue a fulfilling college experience. He explains that colleges have a specific set of diverse spots for incoming freshmen, and the schools are using whatever tools they can, including standardized testing, demographic analysis, and big data (i.e., larger data sets including information gleaned about candidates from their presence in the social media), to ensure they attract and admit the best fit. “Our recommendation at Signet is for students to try to understand the story that their data is telling about them when they apply,” he said. “This is challenging, as a lot of this data beyond what students would even think is important, and generally students are not able to divine the patterns that colleges are searching for.”
According to Bacrania, students should recognize that colleges are looking at a lot more beyond their essay to evaluate their candidacy. And he encourages students to consider that if they receive a rejection letter from a dream school sometimes it is the result of factors beyond a student’s control that end up making them not an attractive of a candidate for a particular college.
To learn more about how to put develop a strategy for your teens college plan, go to: Signet Education.
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