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Recruiting and supporting low-income, high-achieving students at flagship universities

Rodney J. Andrews, Scott Imberman () and Michael Lovenheim ()

Economics of Education Review, 2020, vol. 74, issue C

Abstract: We study an intervention designed to overcome multiple hurdles faced by low-income, high-ability college students to determine if and how it affects students’ long-term outcomes. UT-Austin’s Longhorn Opportunity Scholars (LOS) program recruited at impoverished high schools and provided scholarships and enhanced support services to students who enrolled. We use administrative records for Texas public college students and find that LOS had large, positive effects on enrollment in and graduation from UT-Austin, masters’ degree enrollment, and earnings. In particular, our results suggest that high achieving college attendees who went to a targeted high school saw UT-Austin enrollment increase by 71% and earnings 12 years after high school increase by 4.6% (an 82% increase among attendees). A somewhat similar program at Texas A&M called the Century Scholars Program had no effect on enrollment, but other contemporaneous enrollment shifts limit our analysis of other outcomes. The LOS results suggest that well designed, targeted recruitment programs with adequate supports can improve long-run outcomes for low-income students.

Keywords: Postsecondary education; Higher education; Low-income students (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2019.101923

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