NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Why Do College Going Interventions Work?

Scott E. Carrell, Bruce Sacerdote

NBER Working Paper No. 19031
Issued in May 2013

---- Acknowledgements -----

Previously circulates as "Late Interventions Matter Too: The Case of College Coaching New Hampshire." National Science Foundation and Institute for Education Science provided generous funding for this work. We thank Alan Gustman, Caroline Hoxby, Phil Oreopoulos, Sarah Reber, Doug Staiger, Sarah Turner, Hiromi Ono and seminar participants at NBER Summer Institute for helpful suggestions. Sam Farnham, Minal Caron, Jay Graham and Kevin Xie provided outstanding research assistance. Tim Vanderet, Beth Staiger, and Aaron Goone were superb project managers for the field experiment and a dedicated team of 80 Dartmouth students conducted the college coaching/ mentoring. The US Department of Educations' Institute for Education Sciences provided generous funding. Data are provided by the New Hampshire Department of Education and we thank Michael Schwartz, Irene Koffink, and Sudha Sharma for building the state's Data Warehouse and providing support and data. Finally the project could not have succeeded without the help, support and patience of principals and guidance counselors across the state including but certainly not limited to Maureen O'Dea at Nashua North and South, Jan Delault at Pinkerton Academy and Cindy Bilodeau and Patty Croteau at Manchester West High School. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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