Experimental Estimates of College Coaching on Postsecondary Re-Enrollment

43 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2024

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Lesley Turner

University of Chicago

Oded Gurantz

University of Colorado

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Date Written: February 5, 2024

Abstract

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.

JEL Classification: I23,I24

Suggested Citation

Turner, Lesley and Gurantz, Oded, Experimental Estimates of College Coaching on Postsecondary Re-Enrollment (February 5, 2024). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2024-13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4717210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4717210

Lesley Turner (Contact Author)

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Oded Gurantz

University of Colorado ( email )

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