Research Round-up on the College Selections of High-Achieving Low-Income Students

From CACNY:

Several pieces have been published recently about the work of the College Board around the “Realizing your College Potential” pilot and similar strategies of outreach and support such as the work taking place through the State of Delaware. Below are several periodical and scholarly articles about Caroline Hoxby and Sarah Turner’s work on identifying high achieving low-income students, why they don’t apply to colleges that match their academic potential and possible strategies to get them to do so.

  • Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving, Low Income Students, by Caroline Hoxby and Sarah Turner (PDF download).From the abstract: In this study, we use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate interventions that provide students with semi-customized information on the application process and colleges’ net costs. … We find that it causes high-achieving, low-income students to apply and be admitted to more colleges, especially those with high graduation rates and generous instructional resources.
  • The Missing “One-Offs”: The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students, by Caroline Hoxby and Christopher Avery (PDF download).From the abstract: We show that the vast majority of low-income high achievers do not apply to any selective college. This is despite the fact that selective institutions typically cost them less, owing to generous financial aid, than the two-year and nonselective four-year institutions to which they actually apply. Moreover, low-income high achievers have no reason to believe they will fail at selective institutions since those who do apply are admitted and graduate at high rates. We demonstrate that low-income high achievers’ application behavior differs greatly from that of their high-income counterparts with similar achievement.
  • Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor, coverage of the research from the New York Times.
  • A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges, coverage of the research from the New York Times.
  • A Low-Cost Way to Expand the Horizons of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students, coverage of the research from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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