AERA 2018 Annual Meeting: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
April 13-17, 2018
Title: "EASEing Students into College: The Impact of Multidimensional Support for Underprepared Students"
Authors: Sabrina Solanki, Di Xu, Peter McPartlan, Brian Sato
This paper estimates the causal effects of a first-year cohort program provided to freshmen majored in Biological Sciences at a large public Hispanic-serving institution, using a regression discontinuity design based on the fact that students are assigned to the program with math SAT score below a threshold. Our preliminary results indicate that the program significantly increased students’ grades in core college-level courses, as well as boosted students’ sense of belongingness to the collegiate environment. These promising results provide compelling evidence that cohort programs can provide effective support to at-risk populations when implemented with high level of fidelity.