In Chile, we are working with the Ministry of Education to reach 500,000 parents and 200,000 senior high school students. We anticipate our assistants will drive more complete school applications and decrease demand by low-income applicants for academic programs that fall in the lowest third of economic returns. In these studies, we are testing a) the role of a warning system in the school choice process and b) information delivery innovations in the college and major choice platform.
In Colombia, we are working with ICFES (a research branch of the Ministry of Education) to reach 500,000 senior high school students. We anticipate shifts in the demand for low-return programs. There are over 7,000 higher education options in Colombia, and we aim for ConsiliumBots to help prospective students navigate the options to identify which path meets their interests and skills and provides a high economic return. In this study, we are testing an enhanced technological product that uses text responses and AI to provide more precise and sophisticated information.
In the Dominican Republic, we are working with the Vice Ministry of Development Policies and the PROSOLI cash transfer program to reach 5,500 senior high school students in a preliminary pilot and 200,000 in an extended web-based version. We anticipate shifts in the demand for low-return academic programs. In this study, we are testing a simple, household version of the college and major choice search engine to help us understand how we can take the replicable product and integrate it into a more basic government data and administrative system.