ASU has developed a new online tool called me3 to help students prepare for college. We want to share this with you so you might introduce high school students or others in your community to the tool. We also hope you will review it and offer your insights. me3 harnesses technology, game concepts, and data analytics to prepare students for successful transitions from middle school to high school and to a postsecondary institution while maintaining interest and engagement. Students can start with their known interests and goals, or use the me3 game to explore options.
The me3 game pairs users with careers and college majors by having them play a short game based on Holland’s RIASEC (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional) career theory. The tool then helps students plan their high school courses so they can chart their pathway to higher education.
Users review a series of sixty pairs of images, choosing the image they like best between each pair, which helps the program understand their interests. Based on the user’s interests, me3 recommends several career paths for the student and the most applicable college major for a career. me3 then suggests a list of high school courses a student should take and allows students to track their academic progress.
By guiding young learners to identify careers and majors of interest, me3 informs the conversation between students and their families, teachers and guidance counselors about attending college. me3 empowers students to map an academic pathway through high school to help guide them to complete all requirements to gain admission to college. The me3 tool will be developed further to guide and support students across high school as they make progress toward college admission.
me3 has the potential to be a game-changer in the realm of college readiness and access. Paired with eAdvisor, ASU is on the cutting edge of empowering students with the tools they need to realize the expectation set forth in our Charter: being defined by whom we include and how they succeed.
me3 is already gaining traction in schools across the state of Arizona. For Jennifer Anderson, the department chair of student advising at Westwood High School in Mesa, me3 is a valuable tool for her to help connect students to college. “me3 provides students with insight about themselves that links them to career choices they might not consider otherwise,” said Anderson. “me3 is an immensely helpful tool for post-secondary readiness.”
me3 is in its first phase. As the tool unfolds, it will be used to integrate academic, career and financial planning, and promote academic mindsets that build confidence. The tool will also help guide students who may not otherwise have access to college-going information.
Provost Mark Searle