Meredith Phillips

University of California, Los Angeles
Luskin School of Public Affairs
Department of Public Policy
3250 Public Policy Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Institutional Affiliation: University of California at Los Angeles

NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2019Does Virtual Advising Increase College Enrollment? Evidence from a Random Assignment College Access Field Experiment
with Sarah J. Reber: w26509
This paper describes the effects of two variants of a virtual college-counseling intervention designed to reduce informational and social support barriers to college application and enrollment among socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Students who were randomly assigned to the program felt more supported during the college application process and applied more broadly to four-year colleges, but they were not more likely to be accepted or enroll. We show that treatment effects on intermediate outcomes were larger for the types of students we anticipated would most need additional support during the college application process and discuss why the program did not improve college enrollment, while some other similar-seeming programs have improved enrollment. We conclude that low-intensity...

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