Speed Data’ing

pnet-logo-200wSession 1A:
Speed Data’ing: The Promise of Big Data in Changing Our Cities

Time:
3:45 pm on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Location:
Gateway Community College

Moderator:
Mark Abraham, Executive Director, DataHaven

Confirmed Panelists:
Dr. Gabrielle Gonzalez, Sociologist, RAND Corporation
Toni N. Harp, Mayor, City of New Haven
Dr. Keren Zuniga-McDowell, Director of College Success, Denver Scholarship Foundation
Dr. Diane Robinson, Executive Director, Public Square Partnership

A recent Boston University survey of 70 mayors across the nation uncovered that they were twice as likely to worry about economic development than education. With Promise programs serving as transitional hubs between high school-to-college and college-to-career, what are the “big data” indicators that can let mayors and city economic advisors rest a little easier? What is the impact of raising college attainment rates in a City, particularly among its low-income residents? How deep is the correlation between absenteeism and academic and career success? Does community service and civic engagement impact college success? Lots of interesting things to explore.

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