Increasing academic progress among low-income community college students: early evidence from a randomized controlled trial


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Community colleges have the potential to be powerful vehicles for social mobility in the United States. They enroll nearly half of all postsecondary students in the US and graduates who earn an associate's degree increase their earnings by more than 30 per cent over a lifetime (Carnevale et al., 2014; The White House, 2015). However, the vast majority of students who enroll in community colleges do not receive a degree within three years. The barriers to degree attainment are multi-faceted and interconnected, spanning the financial, academic, personal, and professional domains of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Disadvantaged; Income; Outcomes

Keywords: Community college; Attainment; Low income group; Social mobility; Outcomes of education and training; Academic persistence; Enrolment; Learning support; Barrier

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: [Chicago, Illinois]: University of Chicago Poverty Lab, 2019

Physical description: 22 p.

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Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 140.1014

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