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Providing Incentives for Timely Progress Toward Earning a College Degree: Results from a Performance-Based Scholarship Experiment - Eligible students at the University of New Mexico were offered up to $1,000 in additional aid per semester and enhanced advising for four semesters, conditional on enrolling for a minimum number of hours and maintaining a minimum GPA. Five years later, the program led to small increases in credit hour accumulation during the first two years, which translated into notable increases in graduation rates after five years. (Melissa Binder, et al., MDRC, June 2015)...

Snapshot Report: Persistence-Retention - The overall persistence rate for students who entered college in fall 2013 was 1.0 percentage point higher than that of students who entered college in 2012, while the retention rate increased by 1.1 percentage points. Persistence rates were up for all age groups. (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, April 2015)...

Mapping Success: Performance-Based Scholarships, Student Services, and Developmental Math at Hillsborough Community College - Performance-based scholarships can accelerate the progress of remedial math students in community college, according to an evaluation of a program on two community college campuses in Tampa. The Mathematics Access Performance Scholarship (MAPS) program offered students $600 a semester for three semesters. They were more likely to seek help at a Math Lab, made more progress in their math sequences, and earned more credit in the short term. (Colleen Sommo, et al., MDRC, October 2014)...

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"Freshman Year Financial Aid Nudges: An Experiment to Increase FAFSA Renewal and College Persistence" - Measuring the impact of sending text message reminders regarding Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) renewal to first-year college students in four- and two-year institutions, authors found no overall statistically significant effect on the rates of student persistence from their freshman to sophomore years. However, community college students who got the reminders persisted at a higher rate (75 percent) than community college students who got no reminders (64 percent). (What Works Clearinghouse, July 2014)...

Cracking the Credit Hour - The basic currency of higher education the credit hour represents the root of many problems plaguing America's higher education system: the practice of measuring time rather than learning. This paper traces the history of this time-based unit, from the days of Andrew Carnegie to recent federal efforts to define a credit hour. The report shows the credit hour is putting our nation's workforce and future prosperity at risk. It outlines several steps the federal government can take now to shift from measuring seat time to learning. (New America Foundation and Education Sector, September 2012) ...

Student Success Courses and Educational Outcomes at Virginia Community Colleges - Using administrative data from the Virginia Community College System, this study examines whether student success course enrollment has positive associations with short-term student outcomes. The authors find that students who enrolled in a student success course in the first semester were more likely to earn college-level credits within the first year and were more likely to persist to the second year. (CCRC, 2012)...

Persistence and Attainment of 2003-04 Beginning Postsecondary Students: After 6 Years--First Look - This report presents findings from the 2004-09 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, which collected information over six years describing the enrollment and employment experiences of a national sample of undergraduates who began their postsecondary education for the first time in the 2003-4 academic year. The tables in the report focus on rates of certificate and degree completion among students of different backgrounds starting their postsecondary education at different types of institutions. (National Center for Education Statistics, November 2010)...

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