Lindsay C. Page, assistant professor of research methodology at the School of Education and research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh explores the critical question of how to support low-income and first-generation students in achieving college success. Her lecture titled "More Than Dollars For Scholars: The Impact of the Dell Scholars Program on College Access, Persistence and Degree Attainment" will be presented on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Jubilee Hall 4th floor atrium. An interactive discussion will follow the presentation. RSVP to Ann Rodrigues at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dell Scholars Program is one of many efforts created with an objective of stemming socioeconomic inequalities in college completion. The Program provides a combination of financial support and individualized advising to selected students who attend institutions throughout the U.S.
Page's presentation will center upon her use of two quasi-experimental analytic strategies, regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences with a matched comparison sample to find consistent evidence that being selected as a Dell Scholar leads to substantially higher rates of bachelor's degree completion within six years. Other multiple measures of college success were also found to be improved as a result of this research, which was done in collaboration with Benjamin Castleman (University of Virginia), Stacy Kehoe (Education Northwest), and Gumilang Sahadewo (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia).
Lindsay C. Page has focused her work on quantitative methods and their application to questions regarding the effectiveness of educational policies and programs across the pre-school to postsecondary spectrum. Her research has been published in a variety of academic journals, and she is the co-author of a new book on summer melt published by the Harvard Education Press. She has been covered by outlets such as Morning Edition and Marketplace on National Public Radio and in the L.A. Times, among others. Page is grateful for the generous financial support that her work has received from a variety of sources, including: the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Heckscher Foundation for Children, the Institute for Education Sciences, the Lindback Foundation, NASFAA, the Spencer Foundation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the William T. Grant Foundation. She holds a doctorate in quantitative policy analysis from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, master's degrees in statistics and in education policy from Harvard, and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College.
This lecture is made possible through the vision and generosity of the College of Education and Human Services. The lecture is the third in the Higher Education Program's Distinguished Speaker Series, which brings world-class speakers and experts to the Seton Hall University campus to present on vital and current issues facing the higher education community.
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