CSRDE: Do Credit Momentum Policies Through The 15 To Finish Improve Academic Progression And Completion Of Low-Income, First-Generation Students? Evidence From A College Promise Program

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Webinar hosted by CSRDE- The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange.

This study explores what effect a statewide financial aid policy has on the academic outcomes of college promise program recipients at two 4-year public research universities, Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). Using secondary administrative data from the Indiana University’s University Institutional Research and Reporting (UIRR) office, representing 7,842 low-income students who enrolled shortly before the policy was implemented, this study employs a quasi-experimental, difference-in-differences (DiD) approach to examine the heterogeneous treatment effects of a credit momentum policy that was supported by the Complete College America (CCA) 15 to Finish initiative on the academic progression and completion of Indiana Twenty-First Century Scholarship (TFCS) recipients at IUB and IUPUI, compared to non-TFCS Pell recipients from the Fall 2011 cohorts through the Fall 2014 cohorts. Results suggest that the 15 to Finish initiative (30-credit hour annual completion policy) showed a modest significant effect on cumulative credits and grades, but had no effect on degree completion status (Year 4 Graduation Status, Year 6 Graduation Status) at IUB (primarily residential, more selective, flagship research university). The policy had no significant interaction effect on the TFCS recipients enrolled at IUPUI (primarily nonresidential, moderately selective research university). The findings of this research suggest that credit momentum policies, which was related to a broader, national 15 to Finish initiative did not produce its intended effect, nor did it have any adverse consequences for low-income, first-generation students. Implications for future research and policymaking are discussed.

Presenter: Roy Chan of Lee University

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