Gates Likes Facebook App

February 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM Leave a comment

From Fast Company: Gates Foundation Bets on Facebook App to Help Kids Graduate

The Gates Foundation is investing $2 million in a venture to build up Inigral, a Facebook app dedicated to increasing student retention. Nationwide, only 56% of those who enter college end up graduating.

After economic factors, the key driver of persistence in college is student engagement–a tough-to-measure factor of how much students are immersed in intellectual and social life at the school. Inigral’s Schools App connects prospective students, students, and alumni with each other over common interests in a Twitter or Yammer-like format.

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