When Using Data to Predict Outcomes, Consider the Ethical Dilemmas, New Report Urges

Researchers say colleges need to take care in how they use predictive analytics

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Media Outlet: The Hechinger Report

Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer were quoted by the Hechinger Report on the release of the new report, Predictive Analytics in Higher Education:

“We should always try to balance the potential of technology with its risks,” said Manuela Ekowo, an education policy analyst at New America, who co-authored the report with Iris Palmer, a senior policy analyst. “We shouldn’t let technology blindfold us to the ways it can do harm, particularly to students from underserved and under-represented backgrounds.”
“You have to make sure you are not baking in historic inequalities,” Palmer said.

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Manuela Ekowo was a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She provided research and analysis on policies related to higher education including innovations in higher education delivery, the use of technology, open educational resources (OER), and ensuring equitable outcomes for underrepresented students.

Iris Palmer is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She was previously a senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association.