College Summer School: Educational Benefits and Enrollment Preferences

32 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020 Last revised: 3 Jun 2021

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Andy Brownback

University of Arkansas

Sally Sadoff

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management

Date Written: June 1, 2021

Abstract

We experimentally examine whether a policy targeting college summer school enrollment can accelerate degree progress and completion. We randomly assign summer scholarships to community college students and find a large impact on degree acceleration, increasing graduation within one year of the intervention by 32% and transfers to four-year colleges by 58%. We elicit preferences for the scholarships and find that treatment effects are concentrated among students with a preference against summer school. Our results suggest that educational impacts do not drive enrollment preferences. And, that many more students could benefit from summer school than the minority who currently enroll.

Keywords: summer school, free tuition, field experiment, community college

JEL Classification: I23, C93

Suggested Citation

Brownback, Andy and Sadoff, Sally, College Summer School: Educational Benefits and Enrollment Preferences (June 1, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3622279 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3622279

Andy Brownback

University of Arkansas ( email )

Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Sally Sadoff (Contact Author)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Rady School of Management
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

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