Information and College Decisions: Evidence From the Texas GO Center Project

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Authors
Cunha, Jesse M.
Miller, Trey
Weisburst, Emily
Subjects
econometric analysis
evaluation
high schools
longitudinal studies
postsecondary education
quasi-experimental analysis
regression analyses
retention
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Date of Issue
2018-03
Date
March 2018
Publisher
Sage
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Abstract
We study GO Centers, a college information program that is run by student peers and provides information about all aspects of the college-going process to academically prepared students on the margin of attending college. We use the semi-random rollout of the program along with detailed panel data on the universe of Texas public school students to identify both short- and long-term program impacts. GO Centers led to a large increase in college application rates and a small increase in college enrollment rates, yet no increase in college completion rates. These results underscore the need to assess long-term outcomes in evaluations of educational interventions targeting college enrollment, and suggest that students at the margin of enrolling in college may require additional supports during college to successfully complete college degrees.
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The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.3102/0162373717739349
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Graduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP)
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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20 p.
Citation
Cunha, Jesse M., Trey Miller, and Emily Weisburst. "Information and College Decisions: Evidence From the Texas GO Center Project." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, March 2018, Vol.40, No.1, pp. 151-170
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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