There is no such thing as a “typical” college student.
Nearly one quarter of college students are enrolled in community colleges, and they tend to be older than average. Thirty percent of college students take online classes so they can balance pursuing an education with other personal responsibilities, from a part-time job to raising a child.
Online and community college students are more likely to experience isolation that impedes their success, and both groups graduate at much lower rates than the more traditional four year college graduate.
Upswing, founded by Melvin Hines and Alex Pritchett, partners with colleges to help them offer important student support services — tutoring, mentoring, and advising —to online and nontraditional students. Their online platform uses data science to help the colleges see a leap in student success and stem dropout rates.
To date, Upswing has partnered with over 70 colleges across North America, helping to provide services to more than 600,000 students. So far they’ve seen an average decline of 10% in each college’s student attrition rate.