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Summer Counseling
Transition to College

Summer counseling had potentially positive effects on credit accumulation and persistence and mixed effects on college access and enrollment for recent high school graduates.
The summer counseling intervention was intended to reduce what study authors call the summer “melt,” a phenomenon in which students have been accepted to college but fail to matriculate. These summer counseling services, delivered during the months between high school graduation and college enrollment, involve outreach by college counselors or peer mentors via text messaging campaigns, e-mail, phone, in-person meetings, instant messaging, or social media. These intervention services provide college-intending individuals with information about tasks required for college enrollment, such as taking placement tests, arranging for housing, acquiring medical insurance, obtaining financial aid, and registering for courses. Summer counseling was also provided to help students overcome unanticipated financial, informational, and socio-emotional barriers that prevent college enrollment.

Findings

5
studies that met standards out of
6
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Access and enrollment Mixed effects 12-PS --
Credit accumulation Potentially positive effects 12-PS
 
 
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Last Updated: March 2018

Race

Asian
2%
Black
46%
White
15%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
29%
Not Hispanic
69%

Gender

Male: 43%
Female: 56%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

51%


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Abt Associates under contract ED-IES-16-C-0024.

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