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Experimental Estimates of College Coaching on Postsecondary Re-enrollment

College attendance has increased significantly over the last few decades, but dropout rates remain high, with fewer than half of all adults ultimately obtaining a postsecondary credential. This project investigates whether one-on-one college coaching improves college attendance and completion outcomes for former low- and middle-income income state aid recipients who attended college but left prior to earning a degree. We conducted a randomized control trial with approximately 8,000 former students in their early- to mid-20s. Half of participants assigned to the treatment group were offered the opportunity to receive coaching services from InsideTrack, with all communication done remotely via phone or video. Intent-to-treat analyses based on assignment to coaching shows no impacts on college enrollment and we can rule out effects larger than a two-percentage point (5%) increase in subsequent Fall enrollment.

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Turner, Lesley J., and Oded Gurantz. (). Experimental Estimates of College Coaching on Postsecondary Re-enrollment. (EdWorkingPaper: 23-746). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

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