College Access and Success

Research on How to Help Low-Income Students Enter, Thrive, and Succeed in College

This event is hosted in collaboration with 
The Honorable Mike Quigley and The Honorable Aaron Schock of Illinois.


Despite rising college costs and student-debt burdens, research continues to show that a four-year college degree is still one of the most viable ways to climb the ladder of success in the United States—especially for those students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Yet the barriers to reaching college, and then succeeding once enrolled, are many and often serve to derail low-income and low-achieving students from obtaining four-year degrees. Join our three panelists as they talk about their research on ways to help students break through such barriers—and on how to help them succeed in and beyond their college years. The panelists will also discuss some of the new programs recently launched by the White House and others to address the surrounding issues.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

U.S. Capitol, Room HVC 201
1st St., NE & Capitol St., NE, Washington, D.C.


“College ‘Coaches’: Chicago’s High School Counseling Program Boosts College-Going”

James Rosenbaum, Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Sociology and IPR Fellow, Northwestern University

“College Knowledge: Learning About College Options Opens Opportunities at Selective Colleges”

Sarah Turner, University Professor of Economics and Education, University of Virginia

“College Decisions: Improving Student Outcomes Using Information and Assistance”

Bridget Terry Long, Academic Dean and Xander Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education


David Figlio, IPR Director and Fellow, and Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics, Northwestern University