Researchers Stacy S. Kehoe and Lindsay C. Page unpack the implications of their Dell Scholars research in an article for Education Next. They find that the Dell Scholars Program improves students’ college persistence, academic performance, and likelihood of earning a bachelor’s degree.
The Dell Scholars Program, an initiative of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, targets low-income and first-generation college students. The program provides a generous scholarship and continuous monitoring and support until the student earns a college degree.
What’s the take-home message? The authors see promise in the combined use of technology and personal monitoring:
“Imagine if we coupled all advising and financial aid programs with robust student tracking and support systems. Such innovative features have the potential to improve the efficacy of the substantial investments already being made to increase college success for low-income and first-generation college students.”
For the full study, see “More than Dollars for Scholars: The Impact of the Dell Scholars Program on College Access, Persistence and Degree Attainment,” by Lindsay C. Page, Stacy S. Kehoe, Benjamin L. Castleman, and Gumilang A. Sahadewo.
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