Postsecondary Access & Success

The college diploma has become essential to achieving stable employment and financial security. Research on postsecondary success is therefore one of CEPR’s main priorities. Such research includes analyzing patterns of college readiness, application, choice, and success, and identifying opportunities and interventions to improve student postsecondary outcomes.

Access to Opportunity

Access to Opportunity (A2O) is a partnership with the College Board aimed at measuring and improving secondary students’ access to rigorous high school coursework and enrollment in well-matched colleges, with a focus on the most disadvantaged students.... Read more about Access to Opportunity

Digital Messaging to Improve College Enrollment & Success

The Digital Messaging to Improve College Enrollment & Success (DIMES) project is an evaluation of whether a series of low-cost digital messaging interventions can influence college applications and enrollment for students at risk of not going to college.

Remedial Math Goes to High School: An Evaluation of the Tennessee SAILS Program

What are the short-term and long-term outcomes for students who participate in math “pre-remediation” as high-school seniors?

This is a study of senior-year math programs in Tennessee designed to “pre-remediate” students with low math achievement. This evaluation includes the SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) Program, an innovative K-12 community college partnership that offers students a community college standards-aligned curriculum via a blended learning platform.... Read more about Remedial Math Goes to High School: An Evaluation of the Tennessee SAILS Program

Strategic Data Project

Since 2008, the Strategic Data Project (SDP) has partnered with school districts, charter school networks, state education agencies, and nonprofit organizations to bring high-quality research methods and data analysis to bear on strategic management and policy decisions.... Read more about Strategic Data Project

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Andrew Barr

Andrew Barr

Assistant Professor of Economics, Texas A&M
Andrew Barr’s research focuses on understanding the role of financial and informational factors in the college decisions and related labor market outcomes... Read more about Andrew Barr
Angela Boatman

Angela Boatman

Affiliated Researcher
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
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A Math Remediation Effort Boosted Students' College Credits. But Did Learning Improve?

October 29, 2018

CEPR's findings about the Tennessee SAILS math remediation program are examined in the following High School & Beyond blog post by Education Week. 

College remediation is a big, expensive deal.

More than two-thirds of students in two-year colleges take a remedial class at some point after enrolling, and about 40 percent of those in four-year courses do, too. The courses are costly for students who pay for them, especially since they don't get credits for taking them. And finally, advocates fiercely debate whether the classes do anything...

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Upcoming Event Focuses on College Going in Kentucky

August 17, 2015

(Frankfort, KY) – On Monday, August 17, the Kentucky Department of Education, in partnership with the Strategic Data Project (an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University), 55,000 Degrees, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and Jefferson Co. Schools will hold a news briefing and discussion on college going in Kentucky.... Read more about Upcoming Event Focuses on College Going in Kentucky

Delaware Takes the Lead in Tackling College Readiness and Retention

July 17, 2013

Delaware took a major step today toward improving low college graduation rates that are holding back the capabilities of our workforce nationwide. Governor Jack Markell and Secretary of Education Mark Murphy joined researchers from the Strategic Data Project (SDP), a program of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, to release findings on Delaware students’ college readiness, enrollment, and retention, presenting one of the first thorough analyses done for any state by SDP. The project continues the data-driven approach to student achievement that helped Delaware...

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