Applying Behavioral Insights to Improve Postsecondary Education Outcomes: A Review of Obama Administration Efforts and Next Steps Under the Trump Administration

Katharine Meyer, Kelly Rosinger

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Abstract

Amidst growing public concern in the United States over college access and affordability, federal policymakers have implemented many low-cost, behaviorally-informed strategies aimed at simplifying the college-going process and reducing informational barriers. Our paper reviews recent U.S. federal policies and interventions that draw on insights from the behavioral sciences to help students navigate various stages of the college-going process and summarizes empirical evidence of these efforts on college outcomes, highlighting variations across interventions and for various student populations. We conclude with up-to-date discussions of policy proposals and opportunities for behavioral science applications in postsecondary education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-499
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Policy Analysis and Management
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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