Big Data on Campus
New work for The Chronicle of Higher Education’s big look at the “big data” on campus. Being able to collect and analyze all sorts of information is reshaping colleges, sometimes for the better, but it comes with some limitations.
One big problem, is the struggle to keep up with it. Data systems are overwhelming facutly and staff because no one is given time to test them before implementation.
Another issue, the idea of ‘big data’ came down from another world–business. While business leaders think they’re doing those in the humanities a great favor by giving them this gift, they’re handing them a force that can be as destructive as it is creative.