Doing the work that a school could do with its’ own present resources, Inside Track “nudges” students for a fee. “The study was a large-scale randomized analysis of the impact of a commercial service that provides individualized coaching to students on time management, academic goals and other subjects.”

“The study notes that while some of the strategies employed by InsideTrack are used (and could be used) by colleges’ own counselors, many colleges lack the funds to support such efforts, and that the company is able to achieve economies of scale by focusing on this kind of student interaction.

While the colleges are not named, the authors say that they include nonprofit and for-profit institutions. Further, the authors found that the impact of coaching was evident regardless of such factors as age, SAT or ACT score, Pell Grant eligibility and merit scholarship eligibility. The students studied were more likely than all college students to be older than traditional college age, although there were some traditional-age participants as well.”

“The results:

•After six months, coached students were 5.2 percentage points more likely to be enrolled than were other students (63.2 percent vs. 58.0
percent) — a 9 percent gain in retention.”

Schools can easily use their present resources on a private, social network with on demand Video MeetUps to have Administrators, Counselors, Alumni, and most of all students keep in regular contact with each other to assure goals are being set and met with the help and support of the entire school community.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/03/10/study_finds_value_in_coaching_college_students_on_academic_and_life_issues