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Looking for a home? You’ve seen GreatSchools ratings. Here’s how they nudge families toward schools with fewer black and Hispanic students.

Reading Time: < 1 minute “What’s the right way to judge a school? Across the country, states and school districts have devised their own systems of letter grades and color-coded dashboards based on test scores and graduation rates. But arguably the most visible and influential school rating system in America comes from the nonprofit GreatSchools, whose 1-10 ratings appear in home listings on national real estate websites Zillow, Realtor.com, and Redfin. Forty-three million people visited GreatSchools’ site in 2018, the organization says; Zillow and its

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UF retail expert shares holiday shopping trends

Reading Time: < 1 minute “Retailers gearing up for another busy holiday season both in-store and online are hoping to lure consumers to buy their products with new methods,” writes The Gainesville Sun.  See what those new methods are, according to Matherly Professor of Information Systems Dr. Anuj Kumar, in this story from The Gainesville Sun. 

Warrington professor gives TEDx talk on how online school ratings accelerate segregation in America

Reading Time: < 1 minute Matherly Professor of Information Systems Anuj Kumar shares surprising data from a recent research study that shows how segregation in the U.S. has been impacted by the availability of online school ratings and challenges us to look beyond the internet for solutions. See what his research found in his TEDx talk from Boston, Massachusetts. 

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When a website tells you what to buy, does it work?

Reading Time: 2 minutes How e-retailers leverage product recommendations to increase sales By Anuj Kumar, Matherly Professor of Information Systems Influencing consumer decisions is a priority for retailers, and in this quickly growing digital age it’s becoming more important to understand how and where to target them. Already, consumers’ every click is being tracked to see what products they like and dislike. And yes, that means even you’re being followed. So how do retailers track and use that information to increase sales? The answer,

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Brick and mortar “showrooms”? How stores can survive in the digital age

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Anuj Kumar, Mathery Professor of Information Systems, and Amit Mehra, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Jindal School of Management, University of Texas – Dallas Popular stores such as Macy’s, Old Navy, Gap, Kohl’s, and American Apparel have closed hundreds of stores in the past few years. Given the rapid rate of store closures, the future of physical retail is in question. How can brick and mortar stores compete with online retailers like Amazon? As it turns out, deciding to

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Information Systems and Operations Management professor’s research on how wealthy families use school ratings to self-segregate featured among most popular stories

Reading Time: < 1 minute Matherly Professor Dr. Anuj Kumar‘s research highlighted in a recent story, Power is knowledge: New study finds that wealthy, educated families are using school ratings to self-segregate, by The 74Million was among the top most read stories on the education news outlet’s website the month is debuted. Read Dr. Kumar’s research that showcases how wealthy, educated families are using school ratings to self-segregate, deepening the divide between rich and poor areas, in their quest to get their children into the

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Florida’s St. Lucie County braces for ‘Amazon effect,’ but is that a good thing?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Commercial Circle in St. Lucie County, just west of Fort Pierce, Florida, will soon be home to a new Amazon delivery station. While the e-commerce giant says the warehouse will create 200-300 jobs in the area, Dr. Anuj Kumar, Matherly Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management, notes that it might do more harm than good for local businesses. See what Dr. Kumar had to say about the effects of the Amazon warehouse on the local business community in a

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‘Do You Support Busing?’ Is Not the Best Question

Reading Time: < 1 minute “In the short time since Kamala Harris and Joe Biden tangled over the history of busing in the first Democratic primary debate, the question has awkwardly shifted to the present,” writes The New York Times. “That is not the right question for this moment, according to researchers who’ve studied school desegregation and what happened when those efforts waned across the country.” As part of it’s story explaining why researchers suggest asking a different question related to the effects of school

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Power is knowledge: New study finds that wealthy, educated families are using school ratings to self-segregate

Reading Time: < 1 minute Every parent wants the best for their child, but some are willing to risk more than others to help their kids, especially when it comes to getting into good schools. While recent headlines have dominated about the risks parents of college students are willing to take, new research from Matherly Professor Dr. Anuj Kumar and Duke University’s Sarique Hasan shows that parents of K-12 students are using school ratings to self-segregate, deepening the divide between rich and poor areas, in

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Warrington professor receives prestigious INFORMS Information Systems Society Early Career Award

Reading Time: 2 minutes GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Anuj Kumar, Matherly Professor of the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, received the prestigious 2018 Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award conferred by the INFORMS Information Systems Society. This award recognizes the potential leaders of the next generation of information systems academics who are on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline. The Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award is given annually to a select few of information systems