If you’re an aircraft pilot, you are familiar with an HUD.
For everyone else, the acronym may be unfamiliar, but the concept shouldn’t be. An HUD, or Heads-Up Display, is an apparatus which presents important data to the user of a certain technology - a fighter jet, for example - without requiring them to take their eyes off of what’s in front of them.
When you’re flying at 800 miles per hour, you can imagine why that would be useful!
STEM Premier's Student Dashboard works in the same way.
Both at the secondary and collegiate level, students have a lot going on in their lives. They have tests to study for, homework to do, and projects to complete. And that just describes their academic lives! They also want to make time for friends, family, sports, hobbies, and other activities.
Simply put, students don’t have a lot of time to think about their academic and professional futures. Perhaps that’s why big state schools with strong brand-awareness never fail to attract their fair share of applicants. It could also explain why certain high-prestige professions, such as law and healthcare, dominate student interest surveys (on the 2015 CIRP Freshman Survey, an astounding 27.4% of incoming college freshman identified themselves as either pre-law or pre-med).
STEM Premier’s Student Dashboard is tailor-designed for each student on the STEM Premier platform. Using data from the user’s personal profile, the dashboard compiles and aggregates vital information for each student as they navigate their hectic lives at 800 mph - just like an HUD system!
When a student logs onto STEM Premier, their Dashboard is the first thing they see. Here’s what they’ll find:
They’ll find how their standardized test scores - such as their ACT score - stack up against other users, which may prompt them to try for a higher score and broaden their opportunities.
They’ll find the “Explore Organizations” module, which will connect them with schools and businesses who match up well with their educational and career interests.
They’ll find financial aid opportunities powered by Redkite, which matches students to certain scholarship opportunities based on their STEM Premier profile information.
In other words, STEM Premier students will have information placed at their fingertips which used to have taken hours of research to compile. That’s the whole point of an HUD. At STEM Premier, we don’t want students to have to take their eyes off the windshield to figure out where they’re going.
We want to help them know exactly where they’re headed. While still going full-throttle.