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ERIC Number: EJ1154532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug-28
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Rhode Island Pilots a Partnership for Combating Summer Melt
Bramson, Andrew; Enright, Sara
New England Journal of Higher Education, Aug 2017
"Summer melt," an all-too-common phenomenon that predominantly affects low-income and first-generation students during a critical 100-day period between high school graduation and what should be the first day of college. Some students who have been accepted to college simply do not show up to enroll. Admissions officers nationwide have long confronted the summer melt phenomenon, but documenting the size and scope of it has been difficult. Strategies to address it have been stymied by the nagging question of who is best positioned to intervene. Following on the seminal work of Benjamin Castleman, Lindsay Page and others over the past five years, the State of Rhode Island decided that summer melt was an issue that could no longer be ignored. Boosting educational attainment rates would help the state compete better economically, so reducing summer melt became a priority. The College Crusade, a nonprofit college access organization that serves thousands of Rhode Island students from low-income communities, is a significant partner in this effort. This partnership for combating "Summer Melt" is presented in this article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island
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