To get into college, play a game or two

Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:54am EDT
 
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By Liz Weston

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For the first-time college hopeful in a family, who may have less help navigating the complex application process, would playing some games offer insights, help with school choices and boost their chances of completing a degree?

Researchers and game developers at the University of Southern California hope so.

They've developed a card game, a Facebook game and an online shoot-em-up action game designed to impart college-application strategies that so-called "first-generation" students may not learn anywhere else.

"They might have parents who don't know much about the college application process and attend schools that don't have college support," said Zoe Corwin, research director for USC's Pullias Center for Higher Education.

Those deficits "have real implication for college graduation rates."

The researchers are trying to tackle a trifecta of issues that disproportionately plagues lower-income students, like:

a) not applying for college when they're capable,

b) not enrolling in college even after being accepted, and   Continued...