Indiana-developed app aims to keep college students in class



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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — College students could find it harder to skip classes without detection thanks to a new app developed by an Indianapolis startup.

Core Principle Inc.'s Class120 app allows parents, professors and campus administrators to monitor whether students attend class.

Founder Jeff Whorley tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1Cj8Hc8 ) he was inspired to create the app after talking with a professor about the number of students who skip classes.

Nationally, students report they skip about 20 percent of classes throughout college, he said. That translates to more than $31 billion a year spent on classes students don't attend.

The app can't force students to go. But it can provide incentives by alerting parents, professors and administrators of an absence. Students also are notified that they've missed a lesson.

So far, about 2,000 people are using Class120. Whorley hopes to increase that number to 5,000 by this fall.

Greg Havill of Carmel, the parent of two college-age students, purchased the app to encourage his children to attend classes. He even wagered $300 with his son in hopes he'll achieve perfect attendance this semester.

"It's ultimately up to the student whether he will get up at 8 a.m. and go to class," Havill said. "But if the student knows he's being monitored and there will be a consequence if he doesn't go to class, it will help."

The app costs $17.99 a month or $199 a year.

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