Northwestern University

Wed 12:45 PM

MPES Colloquium: Increasing Degree Attainment Among Low-Income Community College Students, Kelly Hallberg, University of Chicago

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM  

Where: Annenberg Hall, 303, 2120 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Abigail Pitts  

Group: School of Education and Social Policy

Category: Academic


Community colleges have the potential to be powerful vehicles for social mobility
in the United States. They enroll nearly half of all post-secondary students in the
U.S. and graduates who earn an associate’s degree increase the family’s income by
more than 30 percent over a lifetime. However, the vast majority of students who
enroll in community colleges do not receive a degree within three years. The
barriers to degree attainment are multi-faceted and interconnected, spanning the
financial, academic, personal, and professional domains of students’ lives. Kelly
Hallberg will present the preliminary findings from a randomized controlled trial
studying a comprehensive program designed to address each of these barriers. One
Million Degrees (OMD) is a non-profit organization serving community college
students in the Chicago metro area that supports students financially,
academically, personally, and professionally through last-dollar scholarships, skill-building workshops, advising, and coaching.

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