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Castleman, Benjamin L.; Page, Lindsay C. – Perspectives in Peer Programs, 2016
A report released in April 2013 by Benjamin L Castleman of Harvard University and Lindsay C. Page of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University examines the implications of two forms of interventions during the summer between high school and the first year of college on college enrollment. "Summer Nudging: Can Personalized…
Descriptors: Synchronous Communication, Handheld Devices, Low Income Groups, High School Graduates
Scrivener, Susan; Weiss, Michael J.; Ratledge, Alyssa; Rudd, Timothy; Sommo, Colleen; Fresques, Hannah – MDRC, 2015
Community colleges offer a pathway to the middle class for low-income individuals. Although access to college has expanded, graduation rates at community colleges remain low, especially for students who need developmental (remedial) courses to build their math, reading, or writing skills. The City University of New York's (CUNY's) Accelerated…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Acceleration (Education), Associate Degrees, Developmental Studies Programs
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For the 2014 study, "Closing the Social-Class Achievement Gap: A Difference-Education Intervention Improves First-Generation Students' Academic Performance and All Students' College Transition," researchers investigated the impact of attending a moderated panel on incoming freshmen's adjustment to college. The panel featured…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Social Class, First Generation College Students, Academic Achievement
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The 2014 study, Freshman Year Financial Aid Nudges: An Experiment to Increase FAFSA Renewal and College Persistence, measured the impact of sending text message reminders regarding annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) renewal to first-year college students who were already receiving financial aid. The study sample included 808…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Financial Aid Applicants, Need Analysis (Student Financial Aid), Student Financial Aid
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Angrist, Joshua D.; Cohodes, Sarah R.; Dynarski, Susan M.; Pathak, Parag A.; Walters, Christopher R. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
One of the most important questions in education research is whether the gains from interventions for which perceived short-term success can be sustained. The possibility of short-lived impacts is especially relevant for research on charter schools, where charter operators who face high-stakes assessments have an incentive to "teach to the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, High Schools, College Preparation, College Admission
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Bowen, William G.; Chingos, Matthew M.; Lack, Kelly A.; Nygren, Thomas I. – Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2014
Online instruction is quickly gaining in importance in U.S. higher education, but little rigorous evidence exists as to its effect on student learning. We measure the effect on learning outcomes of a prototypical interactive learning online statistics course by randomly assigning students on six public university campuses to take the course in a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Interaction, Outcomes of Education, Public Colleges
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Castleman, Benjamin L.; Page, Lindsay C.; Schooley, Korynn – Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2014
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…
Descriptors: College Applicants, Student Attrition, Enrollment, Persistence
Sommo, Colleen; Boynton, Melissa; Collado, Herbert; Diamond, John; Gardenhire, Alissa; Ratledge, Alyssa; Rudd, Timothy; Weiss, Michael J. – MDRC, 2014
In 2010, Hillsborough Community College (HCC), a large multicampus institution in Tampa, Florida, worked with MDRC to create the Mathematics Access Performance Scholarship (MAPS) program to help academically underprepared community college students succeed in developmental math. MAPS provides an incentive for low-income students referred to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Remedial Mathematics, Scholarships, Two Year College Students
Klinkenberg, Laurel Beth – ProQuest LLC, 2013
In recent years, community colleges have come into the spotlight nationally in terms of their potential to assist in the revitalization of the economy. This has resulted in an increased need for community colleges to understand more fully the factors that influence student persistence. The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, First Generation College Students, Correlation, Age Differences
Thachil, Shoba Anne – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study examined factors that relate to the persistence of first-generation undergraduate students in a 4-year public university in the Southeastern United States. Results were analyzed from a 2011 two-part survey: CARES-I (College Assessment of Readiness for Entering Students-Intent) and CARES-A (College Assessment of Readiness for Entering…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Semi Structured Interviews
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Castleman, Benjamin L.; Page, Lindsay C. – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
While considerable effort has been invested to increase FAFSA completion among high school seniors, there has been much less investment to ensure that college freshmen re-apply for financial aid. Text messaging is a promising approach to inform students of important stages in the financial aid re-application process and to connect them to…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Financial Aid, Academic Persistence, Financial Aid Applicants
Castleman, Benjamin L.; Long, Bridget Terry – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2013
Gaps in average college success among students of differing backgrounds have persisted in the United States for decades. One of the primary ways governments have attempted to ameliorate such gaps is by providing need-based grants, but little evidence exists on the impacts of such aid on longer-term outcomes such as college persistence and degree…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Tuition Grants, State Aid, Access to Education
Scrivener, Susan; Weiss, Michael J. – MDRC, 2013
This policy brief presents results from a random assignment evaluation of the City University of New York's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP). An ambitious and promising endeavor, ASAP provides a comprehensive array of services and supports to help community college students graduate and to help them graduate sooner. The evaluation…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Student Surveys, Developmental Studies Programs
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Cambridge-Williams, Tiffany; Winsler, Adam; Kitsantas, Anastasia; Bernard, Elizabeth – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2013
Nationwide, almost a third of 1st-year college students do not return to begin their sophomore year, and the 5-year graduation rate for undergraduates is only around 40%. It is important for universities to implement interventions, such as freshman transition courses, to help new students adjust to college life and succeed, and it is critical that…
Descriptors: School Orientation, Living Learning Centers, School Holding Power, Self Efficacy
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Cho, Sung-Woo; Karp, Melinda Mechur – Community College Review, 2013
Using data from the Virginia Community College System and building upon prior Florida-based research, this study examines whether student success course enrollment, as well as student and institutional characteristics, has positive associations with shorter-term student outcomes, including earning any college credits within the first year and…
Descriptors: College Credits, Outcomes of Education, Community Colleges, Institutional Characteristics
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