How Much is Too Much?

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I recently read this article from the Guardian website, “Are universities collecting too much information on staff and students?”,and I found myself thinking about the question posted in the title.  I’m not sure of the answer, but the gist of the article was that the University of Huddlefield was mining personalized data on student usage of library services to discover patterns about which students are successful.

They found that students who didn’t use the library were seven times more likely to drop out of their degree than those who did.