Thomas Brock

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Although access to higher education has increased substantially over the past forty years, student success in college—as measured by persistence and degree attainment—has not improved at all. Thomas Brock reviews systematic research findings on the effectiveness of various interventions designed to help at-risk students remain in college. Brock shows how(More)
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Acknowledgments The ideas, writing, editing, and review of this paper involved a great many people who vastly improved its quality. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of MDRC staff members They provided guidance on the ideas addressed by the paper, suggested many of the examples that are used to illustrate these ideas, and in(More)
S ince the introduction of the GI Bill in 1944, college has been part of the American dream, in large part because it is viewed as a ticket to economic security. Currently, about 21 million individuals attend a postsecondary institution, and the vast majority of high school students aspire to earn a bachelor's degree or higher. 1 While the popular image of(More)
If more children from low-income families graduated from college, income inequality would fall and economic opportunity would increase. A major barrier to a college education for students from low-income families is that they are poorly prepared to do college work. Since the War on Poverty of the 1960s, the federal government has funded several programs to(More)
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