Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

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Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

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Drexel University in Philadelphia has a practical cooperative education program that allows students to alternate periods of study with periods of full-time employment and so prepares graduates for the working world. In fact, 80 percent of Drexel's graduates are employed within two months of graduation and 50 percent of those take jobs with former coop employers.

The admissions department's local VAX 3600 stores vast amounts of vital enrollment and admissions data. The problem was to access this mountain of data in useful ways. They had questions that needed answering, such as: How can we make the best use of our counselors? What schools should we visit? How do we choose those schools? In addition, they had questions about their coop program: Were they getting the right distribution of coop employers? Was there a good match between employers and students?

Drexel sought the advice of a consulting finn on how their many Macintosh computers might integrate with the data on their VAX. In addressing one of Drexel's questions, a Macintosh software product called GeoQuery was used to map out where Drexel's students lived as compared to where their coop employers were located. The created maps were also interactive. Users could click in a particular region or area, and get a report of how many students lived there or which employers were in that area. …

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