Innovation in Education
A recent Texas Tribune article highlights one example of innovative tools in education. The article takes a look at myEdu, a website originally launched by two Texas A&M graduates (previously known as Pick-a-Prof), that now services students at 775 colleges and universities across the country.
The website is designed to help students create a degree plan, share feedback on professors and classes and compare the price of textbooks. The article mentions that myEdu was, “recently featured in the United States Chamber of Commerce report on the future of higher education, claims that 70 percent of users graduate on time, nearly double the national average.
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