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ERIC Number: ED504699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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WWC Quick Review of the Report "Rewarding Persistence: Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents"
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"Rewarding Persistence: Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents" examined whether community college students are more likely to persist in school if they are offered financial incentives tied to school performance. The study included 1,019 low-income parents enrolled at two Louisiana community colleges. Eligible students who had not previously taken college-level courses at the community college and volunteered to participate were randomly assigned to either a treatment group that received the performance-based scholarship or a control group that did not. The study authors analyzed school transcript data to assess effects on college enrollment and credits earned. The financial incentive program increased the percentage of community college students who were enrolled the second semester after random assignment, and increased the average number of credits they earned during the first two semesters after random assignment. For students whose follow-up period was not interrupted by Hurricane Katrina, study authors reported that the intervention group was significantly more likely than the control group to be enrolled in school four semesters after random assignment and had earned significantly more credits over that period. What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) found the described research consistent with WWC evidence standards, citing the study as a well-implemented control trial, while recognizing that Hurricane Katrina interrupted the study's follow-up period and affected examination of longer-term impacts. [The following report was the focus of this "Quick Review": "Rewarding Persistence: Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents." L. Richburg-Ayes, T. Brock, A. LeBlanc, C. Paxson, C. E. Rouse, and L. Barrow. MDRC, 2009 (ED503917).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana
IES Funded: Yes