SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday featured the startup Schoold as an example of how the private sector can leverage data available in the College Scorecard to develop user-centric tools for prospective students deciding where to invest their tuition dollars.
"The most awesome, delightful way to make this kind of data come alive is to put it in an app," said Joe Ross, president of Schoold, the leading mobile app for college search. "We are honored to work with the Department of Education to make sure college students get what they came for – a real return on education investment."
Why an app? Half of teenagers feel addicted to their mobile devices, according to a 2016 Common Sense Media survey, which is why Schoold seeks to steal some of the screen time students spend on social media and games. Relying on data from the College Scorecard, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Schoold engages these users with unique insights, such as the expected salary a student might earn – uniquely differentiated by major –after graduating from any one of over 3000 undergraduate institutions.
"With the right data literally in hand, searching for college can be a very healthy addiction," said Schoold Founder and Chief Executive Sourabh Ahuja, who previously developed smartphone games at Glu Mobile, the maker of such titles as Deer Hunter and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. "Exploring data about your future doesn't have to be scary or intimidating; it can be fun."
Schoold is the fastest-growing higher education mobile app of 2016 with 1,000,000+ users. Known for free college counseling and insights into 3,125 universities, Schoold empowers students and families to plan their academic futures. The top-ranking Schoold app is available for free at the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Kindle Store. Learn more at www.schoold.co.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE SCORECARD
The College Scorecard provides students and families with clear information through an interactive tool that lets them choose among any number of options based on their individual needs – including location, size, campus setting, and degree and major programs. Each Scorecard includes five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and employment. Learn more at https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/
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