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Sun Oct 27, 2019, 02:40 PM

 

The Missing "One-Offs": The Hidden Supply of High-Achieving, Low Income Students

From 2013

Abstract:

We show that the vast majority of low-income high achievers do not apply to any selective college. This is despite the fact that
selective institutions typically cost them less, owing to generous financial aid, than the two-year and nonselective four-year institutions to which they actually apply.

Moreover, low-income high achievers have no reason to believe they will fail at selective institutions since those who do apply are admitted and graduate at high rates. We demonstrate that low-income high achievers’ application behavior differs greatly from that of their high-income counterparts with similar achievement. The latter generally follow experts’ advice to apply to
several “peer,” a few “reach,” and a couple of “safety” colleges.

We separate low-income high achievers into those whose application behavior is similar to that of their high-income counterparts (“achievement-typical”) and those who apply to no selective institutions (“income-typical”). We show that income-typical students are not more disadvantaged than the achievement-typical students. However, in contrast to the achievement-typical students,
income-typical students come from districts too small to support selective public high schools, are not in a critical mass of fellow high achievers, and are unlikely to encounter a teacher who attended a selective college.

We demonstrate that widely used policies—college admissions recruiting, campus visits, college mentoring programs—are likely to be ineffective with income-typical students. We suggest that effective policies must depend less on geographic concentration of high achievers.


https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2013a_hoxby.pdf

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Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:04 PM

1. Wow. I think that Brookings has some highly educated writers. I almost understood that.

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Sun Oct 27, 2019, 08:59 PM

2. Waiving application fees would be a BIG help, as would lowering the cost of SAT reports. nt

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