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Post #3: Summer Melt

By • Sep 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my last two blog posts, I’ve discussed how college access programs can help disadvantaged students reach higher education. Studies have shown mixed results about the effects of these programs, but there are several tactics that can help them better support student achievement, from starting early to targeting more disadvantaged students. Most recently, I read […]

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More Research-Based Strategies for College Access Programs

By • Jun 5th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

  In my last blog post, I discussed the strengths of effective college access programs for disadvantaged students. These strategies included serving entire schools, working with those not already planning to attend college, and engaging participants over a long time. Since then, I’ve been investigating some more program components that are considered important to see […]

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Effectiveness of College Preparation Programs for Disadvantaged Students- Part 1

By • May 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Introduction Attending college makes a large difference in students’ lives, especially in terms of economic well-being. On average, Americans with a bachelor’s degree earn about $47,000 per year in after-tax income, compared with only $29,000 for high school graduates (Ma et al. 2016). Unfortunately, for those with low socioeconomic status, earning a bachelor’s degree is […]

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Effectiveness of Summer Enrichment Programs for Underserved Urban Students

By • Apr 4th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I plan to study the effectiveness of different approaches to summer enrichment programs for underserved urban students. I would like to study which characteristics of these programs help maximize students’ outcomes, such as increased confidence and performance in school, and especially college enrollment and graduation rates. I expect that offering rigorous academic classes or tutoring, […]

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