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What Limits College Success? A review and further analysis of Holzer and Baum’s ‘Making College Work’

Holzer and Baum’s recent book, ‘Making College Work: Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students,’ provides an excellent up-to-date review of higher education. My review first summarizes its key themes: 1) who gains from college and why? 2) mismatch and the need for more structure; 3) problems with remediation; 4) financial barriers and 5) the promise of comprehensive support.  I then critique the book’s proposed solutions using some of my own qualitative and quantitative data.  Some recommendations are worth considering, while others are too expensive or unlikely to make a meaningful difference without addressing the underlying lack of preparedness and motivation of college students.  I argue that making mandatory some existing services, such as application assistance and advice, proactive tutoring and advising, and greater career transition support, has the most immediate potential.

Keywords
college completion, higher education policy, returns to college, behavioral economics, signaling
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/1034-9j58

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Oreopoulos, Philip. (). What Limits College Success? A review and further analysis of Holzer and Baum’s ‘Making College Work’. (EdWorkingPaper: -122). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/1034-9j58

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