College Access, Readiness, and Persistence

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Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Attainment and Degree Completion

Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Attainment and Degree Completion

his paper examines the effect of early childhood investments on college enrollment and degree completion. We used the random assignment in Project STAR (the Tennessee Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio experiment) to estimate the effect of smaller classes in primary school on college entry, college choice, and degree completion. We improve on existing work in this area with unusually detailed data on college enrollment Read More

The Forgotten Summer: Does the Offer of College Counseling After High School Mitigate Summer Melt Among College-Intending, Low-Income High School Graduates?

The Forgotten Summer: Does the Offer of College Counseling After High School Mitigate Summer Melt Among College-Intending, Low-Income High School Graduates?

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pam.21743/full Despite decades of policy intervention to increase college entry and success among low-income students, considerable gaps by socioeconomic status remain. To date, policymakers have overlooked the summer after high school as an important time period in students’ transition to college, yet recent research documents high rates of summer attrition from the college pipeline among… Read More

Early College, Early Success: Early College High School Initiative Impact Study

Early College, Early Success: Early College High School Initiative Impact Study

This study focused on the impact of Early Colleges. It addressed two questions: 1. Do Early College students have better outcomes than they would have had at other high schools? 2. Does the impact of Early Colleges vary by student background characteristics (e.g., gender and family income)? Read More