Zoe Corwin was recently quoted in an Education Week article by Nora Fleming titled, “Digital Divide Hits College-Admissions Process.” Fleming noted that although technology is changing the face of college admissions, its benefits are out of reach for disadvantaged students who are either unaware of its potential or unable to to access reliable internet connections. However, tools such as Mission:Admission are bridging the gap.
A new virtual Facebook game targeting students at Title I schools, Mission:Admission, for example, has students guide an avatar through the admissions process, learning key guidelines and strategies along the way. The goal of the game is to have low-income students build confidence through play that will help them apply and get into college, said Zoe Corwin, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education in Los Angeles, which helped create the game.
“The websites out there tend to be text-heavy, and users are often passive. … Students think they are being productive researching, and they are actually becoming more confused about taking the appropriate steps,” said Ms. Corwin.