Set amid intensive data collection and predictive analytics efforts at a large public university in the U.S., this paper explores how undergraduate students become subject to technological interventions aimed at improving graduation and retention rates. The paper posits that these interventions are productive of an ideal subject of predictive analytics who learns to embody predictive outputs and interpretations of their data. This subject is not a model student but a modeled student, a standard of what students could be if they act upon predictions and data to improve their academic performance. However, as the paper discusses, this modeled student becomes a problematic standard that minimizes students’ constraints and circumstances. This paper is a draft chapter from a larger book manuscript project.
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Madi Whitman, Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Assistant Director of Co-teaching at the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University
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