Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs

Collaborating to Support Education Research


Also known as “free tuition” and “free college” programs, college promise programs are an emerging approach for increasing higher education attainment of people in particular places. To maximize the effectiveness of their efforts and investments, program leaders and policymakers need research-based evidence to inform program design, implementation, and evaluation. With the goal of addressing this knowledge need, this volume presents a collection of research studies that examine several categories and variations of college promise programs. These theoretically grounded empirical investigations use varied data sources and analytic techniques to examine the effects of college promise programs that have different design features and operate in different places. Individually and collectively, the results of these studies have implications for the design and implementation of promise programs if these programs are to create meaningful improvements in attainment for people from underserved groups. The authors’ efforts also provide a useful foundation for the next generation of college promise research.

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Advancing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Early Childhood Research
Edited by Sharon Ryan, M. Elizabeth Graue, Vivian L Gadsden, and Felice J. Levine

Condition or Process? Researching Race in Education
Edited by Adrienne D. Dixson, Gloria J. Ladson-Billings, Cecilia E. Suarez, William T. Trent, and James D. Anderson

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Citizenship Education and Global Migration: Implications for Theory, Research, and Teaching
Edited by James A. Banks

Comparing Ethnographies: Local Studies of Education Across the Americas
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Handbook of Research on Teaching, Fifth Edition
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Thinking and Acting Systemically: Improving School Districts Under Pressure
Alan J. Daly and Kara S. Finnigan (Editors)

Socializing Intelligence Through Academic Talk and Dialogue
Lauren B. Resnick, Christa Asterhan, and Sherice Clarke (Editors)

Interest in Mathematics and Science Learning
K. Ann Renninger, Martina Nieswandt, and Suzanne Hidi (Editors)

LGBTQ Issues in Education: Advancing a Research Agenda
George L. Wimberly (Editor)

Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

Ethical Standards: Cases and Commentary

Estimating Causal Effects: Using Experimental and Observational Designs

Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities


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