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Software to aid students' college search


The board of education for East Brunswick Public Schools in New Jersey recently approved a software contract with the Naviance Succeed Foundation, which created a system that collects data from the schools' previous graduates to help current students pick the right college.

“Naviance provides an individualized program that incorporates success, career, course and college planning in a single program,” Mary-Anne Love, the district’s supervisor of student services, told Greater Media Newspapers. “Naviance enables students in grades six through 12 to have an individualized program offering personality assessments, learning style inventory, course planning and career inventories."

The Naviance software generates and utilizes big data from surveys and alumni tracking to better counsel current students. The program will be used for students of a wide age range, but older students will have access to better-organized college applications, letters of recommendation, transcripts, scholarships and campus visits.

Schools around the country have reported success with the Naviance Succeed Foundation, including the Clear Creek Independent School District in Texas. In just two years since it began using the software, the school district saw a spike in the number of students attending four-year universities, including one school that reported a 9 percent increase.