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Melvin J. Tanner

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University of Florida
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January 2020Can Re-Enrollment Campaigns Help Dropouts Return to College? Evidence from Florida Community Colleges
with Justin C. Ortagus, Isaac McFarlin Jr.: w26649
Most students who begin at a community college leave without earning a degree. Given the growing emphasis on student success, many colleges have implemented re-enrollment campaigns designed to foster re-engagement and degree completion among former students. However, there is a lack of causal evidence on their effectiveness. We implement a text message-based re-enrollment campaign in partnership with several Florida community colleges. Former students who were previously successful academically are randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups that either receives information to simplify the re-enrollment process or receives both information and a one-course tuition waiver. When comparing outcomes of former students who received information on re-enrollment to members in the control gro...
 
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