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Brendan C. Perry

Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities
3104 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 45630

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2017Increasing Community College Completion Rates among Low-Income Students: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluation of a Case Management Intervention
with William N. Evans, Melissa S. Kearney, James X. Sullivan: w24150
Community colleges are an important part of the higher education landscape in the United States, but completion rates are extremely low, especially among low-income students. Much of the existing policy and research attention to this issue has focused on addressing academic and financial challenges. However, there is ample reason to think that non-academic obstacles might be key drivers of dropout rates for students living with the burden of poverty. This study examines the impact of a comprehensive case management intervention that is designed specifically to help low-income students overcome the multitude of barriers to college completion. We evaluate the impact of this intervention through a randomized controlled trial evaluation (RCT) conducted between 2013 and 2016 in Fort Worth, Texa...

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