TN public colleges using computer program to pick classes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Public college students in Tennessee could be getting a nudge to take specific classes.

In an effort to improve higher education graduation rates, Austin Peay State University is using a computer program to predict student grades and help select classes that individual students should do well in. The initiative is funded by a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to The Tennessean.

Gov. Bill Haslam supports the initiative and wants to expand it to other state schools. Haslam says every student at a state supported school is subsidized and the state has an interest in their timely graduation.

Officials say each college guidance counselor has about 400 students and the computer program could help keep students on track.

Information from: The Tennessean,

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.