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Rodney Andrews, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Texas Dallas

Recruiting and Supporting Low-Income, High-Achieving Students at Flagship Universities
When Oct 17, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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Co-sponsored by the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity

About the Presentation

We study two interventions in Texas that were designed to overcome multiple hurdles faced by low-income, high-ability college students. The Longhorn Opportunity Scholars (LOS) and Century Scholars (CS) programs recruited at specified low-income high schools, provided both additional financial aid and enhanced support services once enrolled in college if students attended University of Texas - Austin or Texas A&M - College Station, respectively. These flagship institutions are widely regarded as the top public universities in Texas. Using administrative data that links K-12, postsecondary, and earnings records for Texas public college students, we find via difference-in-differences estimates that the LOS program had a large, positive effect on high-achievers: attendance at UT-Austin increased by 2.2 percentage points (81%), and the likelihood of graduating from UT-Austin increased by 1.7 percentage points (87%). Twelve or more years post-high school, earnings of those exposed to LOS rose by 4.0%. These results entirely come from women, who saw enrollment at UT-Austin increase by 4.0 percentage points, graduation from UT-Austin increase by 2.6 percentage points and earnings increase by 6.1%. We find no evidence that the CS program affected any postsecondary or labor market outcomes.

About the Speaker

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Rodney Andrews is an Assistant Professor of Economics at The University of Texas at Dallas and research director of The Texas Schools Project. Dr. Andrews has published research on the impact of the Top Ten Percent Rule on application behavior; the relationship between transfer behavior, graduation, and earnings at Texas’s public colleges and universities; and the impact of graduating from Texas’s flagship universities on the distribution of earnings. His current projects address the following issues: the effects of targeted recruitment programs by Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin on low income Texas students, the effects of tuition deregulation, and factors that promote both access to and success at Texas’s public colleges and universities. Dr. Andrews received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan and spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University prior to joining the faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas.

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