Indiana University SPEA Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy University of Pennsylvania AIR American University

Panel: College Access and Matriculation

Saturday, November 14, 2015: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Brickell Center (Hyatt Regency Miami)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Tatyana Guzman, Cleveland State University
Panel Chairs:  Angela Boatman, Vanderbilt University
Discussants:  Rajeev Darolia, University of Missouri and Brent Evans, Vanderbilt University

A Systematic Review of the Cost-Effectiveness of College Access Programs
Rebecca Maynard, Wendy Castillo, Roman Ruiz and Gregory Collins, University of Pennsylvania

Federal Pell Grants and College Matriculation of Students Pursuing Online Education
Tatyana Guzman, Cleveland State University, Maureen Pirog, University of Washington and Haeil Jung, Korea University

Optimal Spatial Distribution of Colleges
Alec Kennedy and Mark Long, University of Washington

President Obama in his recent speech at Georgia Tech called higher education “one of the best investments anybody can make in their future and … their country’s future”. The proposed panel includes three papers abstracts that address different “Evidence-Based Policy” approaches to the common theme of college access and matriculation. The paper by Castillo and Maynard examines cost-effectiveness of 18 different college access programs that were evaluated between 1990 and 2014 using well performed experimental or quasi-experimental designs. The research proposal by Guzman, Pirog, and Jung addresses the issue of the impact of federal financial aid (specifically federal Pell grants) on college enrollment of students pursuing their education exclusively online. The paper by Kennedy and Long studies how geographical distribution of colleges affects college going, and, educational attainment. The proposed panel is a joint effort of eight junior and senior level university professors and two PhD students representing six universities nationwide.
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