College of the Ozarks president, Jerry Davis: “Everything cannot be solved with a computer. Sometimes it takes a personal touch to prevent students from falling through the cracks.”
College of the Ozarks president, Jerry Davis: “Everything cannot be solved with a computer. Sometimes it takes a personal touch to prevent students from falling through the cracks.” #RethinkSchool
— US Dept of Education (@usedgov) December 14, 2017
I think this is a very important sentiment. It was specifically talking about student retention and how talking to students and making a connection is more important than having a computer run some kind of program. It’s definitely true for student retention where feeling a connection to the school is a strong marker for student success, but it’s really true of so much.
Computers can do many things, but when it comes right down to it they are just as tool. They are only as good as the people who use them and for some tasks they are not the right tool at all. After all “Technology is NOT magic.”
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