Finalist

Under a Watchful Eye: How Colleges Are Tracking Students to Boost Graduation
Best Audio Storytelling (Smaller Newsroom)

Entry Credit

  • Jill Barshay, The Hechinger Report
  • Sasha Aslanian, APM Reports
  • Catherine Winter, APM Reports
  • Stephen Smith, APM Reports

About the Entry

“Under a Watchful Eye” explores the opportunities and perils of the growing trend in higher education to track everything from students’ grades and class attendance to when they use their cellphones on campus, buy coffee or come back to the dorm after a night out.

Comments from the Judges

“The reporting is superb and looks at every angle of this new technology for tracking student achievement/likelihood of graduation.”

“A fascinating, student-driven look at an emerging and controversial trend in higher education: the use of predictive analytics to monitor and advise undergraduate students, based on their achievement.”

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