NEW YORK (September 12, 2019) -- A new white paper by McGraw-Hill, “The Equity Equation,” explores the potential of new teaching methods and adaptive learning technology to help drive more sustainable, equitable outcomes for millions of U.S. college students.
In the paper, McGraw-Hill explores the potential of today’s best adaptive learning systems, which are grounded in learning science, to support students from all backgrounds and achievement levels. And it takes a close look at institutions that are effectively using adaptive learning technology to increase educational equity including Columbus State Community College, The College of Health Care Professions and Arizona State University (ASU). “The Equity Equation” white paper is available for free at http://info.mheducation.com/closing-the-equity-gap-2019.html.
The issue of educational equity is top-of-mind for many colleges and universities as they aim to serve more learners and help them realize the financial and personal benefits of a college degree. It also is a growing priority among legislators, policymakers and foundations hoping to expand and scale programs that work for all students and help them succeed.
Unfortunately, serious gaps persist among certain student groups, according to National Student Clearinghouse data, including first-generation students, low-income students and students of color. A recent McGraw-Hill survey of over 3,000 students found that underserved students feel disproportionately unprepared for most aspects of the college experience, including transitioning to college, academics, school/life balance and the financial complexities of paying for an education.
“Improving educational equity requires an understanding of the unique challenges faced by students, and that means putting systems and support structures in place to ensure that every learner has an equal chance to succeed,” said Nana Banerjee, President & CEO of McGraw-Hill.