Statistics and data collection could help predict student success:

In April, Austin Peay debuted software that recommends courses based on a student's major, academic record, and how similar students fared in that class. Some professors fretted about students misinterpreting the Netflix-like tips as commands, but the Gates Foundation quickly ponied up $1-million to refine the software so other colleges can adopt it. Now Austin Peay plans to expand on its work with a new tool that offers tips for making a more important decision: picking a major.