20 Aug 2019

Tertiary institutes look to tech firms to end ethnic disparity

From Morning Report, 8:50 am on 20 August 2019

Universities and polytechnics hope to end decades-long disparities in Maori and Pasifika students' pass rates in just a few years by copying big companies like Amazon.

The Tertiary Education Commission says the techniques used by tech-driven firms to track customers can be applied by tertiary institutes to identify students who are at risk of failing.

It says that's how Georgia State University in the US completely eliminated ethnic disparities in just nine years and New Zealand institutions could do the same.Education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.