Freshman Learning Communities, College Performance, and Retention

FRB of Atlanta Working Paper No. 2005-22

27 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2005

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Julie L. Hotchkiss

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Georgia State University - Department of Economics

Robert Elijah Moore

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

M. Melinda Pitts

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

This paper applies a standard treatment effects model to determine that participation in Freshman Learning Communities (FLCs) improves academic performance and retention. Not controlling for individual self-selection into FLC participation leads one to incorrectly conclude that the impact is the same across race and gender groups. Accurately assessing the impact of any educational program is essential in determining what resources institutions should devote to it.

Keywords: freshman learning community, treatment effects

JEL Classification: I21

Suggested Citation

Hotchkiss, Julie L. and Moore, Robert Elijah and Pitts, M. Melinda, Freshman Learning Communities, College Performance, and Retention (September 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=816804 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.816804

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