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Christopher Bennett

Vanderbilt University
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August 2019College Remediation Goes Back to High School: Evidence from a Statewide Program in Tennessee
with Thomas J. Kane, Angela Boatman, Whitney Kozakowski, Rachel Hitch, Dana Weisenfeld: w26133
Many U.S. students arrive on college campus lacking the skills expected for college-level work. As state leaders seek to increase postsecondary enrollment and completion, public colleges have sought to lessen the delays created by remedial course requirements. Tennessee has taken a novel approach by allowing students to complete their remediation requirements in high school. Using both a difference-in-differences and a regression discontinuity design, we evaluate the program’s impact on college enrollment and credit accumulation, finding that the program boosted enrollment in college-level math during the first year of college and allowed students to earn a modest 4.5 additional college credits by their second year. We also report the first causal evidence on remediation's impact on st...
 
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