UW System adopts new software to reduce graduation gaps

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin System is hoping new advising software will help improve retention and graduation rates among students of color.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that all of the system's campuses will soon begin using the software Navigate Student Success Collaborative. It tracks class attendance, grades and financial factors that could affect student enrollment.

The system's Board of Regents approved a $4 million contract for the software with the Education Advisory Board in December.

UW System President Ray Cross says Georgia State University used the program to help identify and support students at risk of dropping out.

Cross says Georgia State has eliminated the achievement gap between underrepresented groups and their peers. He says that school's graduation rate for African-Americans students is 1 percent higher than their counterparts.