Lamar Picked for Top Spot in Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

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first_img 4. Nicholls 226 The preseason poll is voted upon by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted. Social Media Day can be followed on the Southland’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts, with a preview show streaming on ESPN3 tonight at 6 p.m. The ESPN3 preview show, available via and ESPN apps, will be archived immediately following its initial airing. 12. Incarnate Word 71 3. Central Arkansas (2) 231 Nicholls is tabbed for fourth after winning its first Southland Conference tournament and making its first foray into the NCAA tournament in 2017-18. Senior Cassidy Barrios will lead the way after earning player of the year honors last season. The 5-foot-10-inch guard finished the season third in the conference for points per game (17.3) and rebounds (9.1) and second in steals per game (2.9), blocked shots (1.5) and three-point field goal percentage (.400). Central Arkansas, the only team other than Lamar to receive first-place votes (2), is slated to finish in third place – the same spot they ended the regular-season last year. Sandra Rushing’s Sugar Bears are seeking a fourth-straight 25-win season after advancing to the WBI championship last spring. 1. Lamar (24) 288 6. Abilene Christian 178 School (First-place votes) Total The announcement was made this morning as Southland Conference Basketball Social Media Day commenced at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston. The home of the Houston Rockets is where all 26 head coaches from the league’s men’s and women’s programs are previewing the upcoming season today. Coaches are participating in Q&A sessions, media interviews, social media activities and one-on-one segments. The season is bookended in the Houston area, starting with today’s preview event and ending nearby at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, with the Southland Conference tournament on March 13-17. 2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll 8. McNeese 128center_img 7. New Orleans 153 Robin Harmony, last season’s Southland Coach of the Year, and her Cardinals are the overwhelming favorite to repeat as regular-season champions. Last season, Lamar went 22-8 and 17-1 in league play to claim the conference title. They are seeking consecutive women’s basketball championships for the first time in program history. Lamar’s leaders include a preseason All-Southland first team backcourt of Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard. Both are seniors and Barrs is the three-time reigning Southland Defensive Player of the Year. 2. Stephen F. Austin 248 5. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 209 9. Southeastern Louisiana 102 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, coming off a 19-12 campaign, is the No. 5 team. Meanwhile, Abilene Christian, New Orleans, McNeese, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston Baptist round out the top 10. They are followed by Northwestern State, Incarnate Word, and Sam Houston State. HOUSTON – Lamar received the maximum 24 votes from the Southland Conference’s head coaches and sports information directors to earn the top spot in the league’s 2018-19 women’s basketball preseason poll. Stephen F. Austin is expected to finish second. Central Arkansas received two first-place votes and is expected to finish third. 13. Sam Houston State 32 11. Northwestern State 76 Stephen F. Austin, who finished second last year after finishing 25-8 and 16-2 in conference, figures to push the Cardinals after letting a lead slip away in the Southland Conference title game. Mark Kellogg’s Ladyjacks return three starters in seniors Kennedy Harris, Chanell Hayes and Imani Johnson. Hayes is a second team preseason all-conference selection. SFA is seeking a third-straight 25-win season and a return to postseason play for a third consecutive year after a berth in the WNIT in 2018.  10. Houston Baptist 86last_img read more

A computerized early warning system for students in academic trouble

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first_img By John BohannonFeb. 19, 2017 , 11:45 PM Email Students rarely ask academic advisers for advice at the right time. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) BOSTON—Academic advisers on university campuses face a common problem: Students rarely ask for advice at the right time. “They’re either the high achievers who don’t need much help, or students who are already failing out of their classes,” says Allison Calhoun-Brown, a political scientist who oversees advising at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. “What we need is an early warning system,” she adds, a system that can flag a student who needs advising, perhaps long before the student is aware.It took 4 years to build and test, but that early warning system now exists. GSU’s Vice Provost Timothy Renick debuted its results here Saturday at a session of the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. “We’ve done over 200,000 interventions,” he says, referring to the meetings between GSU’s advisers and undergraduate students. In each case, it was a computer rather than a human that noticed that the student needed help. And the predictions were often based on signs so subtle—getting a B- rather than a B+ in a particular course—that a human might never have noticed. The data that power these predictions came from GSU’s 32,000 undergraduates themselves. By tracking the students’ progress and comparing the test scores and grades of those who graduate on time with those who don’t, GSU created a statistical model of academic success. It became clear early on that certain combinations of indicators, such as difficulty in certain courses that were critical for later ones in the degree, were strongly correlated with the risk of graduating late or even dropping out of school.  Sean M. Ayres/UC Davis/Flickr center_img A computerized early warning system for students in academic trouble Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Some needed help with time management.” But did those early interventions work? Four years ago, GSU had achievement gaps similar to other urban universities with low-income students, with graduation rates about 10% lower for “at risk” students. “Today we have no achievement gap,” he says. And the number of students graduating with science-related degrees has doubled among black students. The boost came from better retention of those students rather than changes to the student body, Renick says. “Over the same years that we were seeing these huge increases in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] graduates, we only increased the size of our admitted freshman and transfer classes by about 4%.”Other universities are signing up. With a $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, 11 institutions are now launching randomly controlled trials of the GSU system on their own campuses. And administrators from South African universities are now exploring ways to collect similar data to help their students, who face some of the largest racial achievement gaps in in the world. During a press conference earlier in the day, Renick faced some pointed questions about protecting the privacy of the students and even about their “grit.” An unnamed questioner asked whether GSU’s intervention system might be robbing students of the benefit of making mistakes on their own. But Renick was bullish. “That’s like asking people to not get help from tax accountants because they should just learn from their mistakes.”Calhoun-Brown says that GSU students are embracing the idea that a computer is watching their progress and alerting their advisers. “They’re used to getting recommendations based on data from using Amazon and Netflix. They expect it. And now we have the data to share with them.”Check out our full coverage of AAAS 2017.last_img read more