In close partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), and the Ascendium Education Group, we are developing a job recommendation algorithm and an accompanying intrusive career advising intervention to support community college graduates in identifying and applying for degree-relevant jobs which would provide stable employment and commensurate compensation. As we approach the later stages of algorithm development and the beginning stages of the accompanying intervention design, we want to share our progress, challenges, and learnings in this process so far.
Millions of Americans have lost employment during the COVID-19 crisis. Returning to college to obtain additional training and credentials may be important for many adults who seek new employment as the country moves towards economic recovery.
UVA Today features Ben Castleman, Kelli Bird, and Katharine Meyer’s recent work on the labor market returns of working adults returning to college to obtain additional training or credentials. Read full article here.
Growing experimental evidence demonstrates that low-touch informational, nudge, and virtual advising interventions are ineffective at improving postsecondary educational outcomes for economically-disadvantaged students at scale. Intensive in-person college advising programs are a considerably higher-touch and more resource intensive strategy; some programs … Continued
Study reaching 450,000 students through the Common Application shows significant increases in college enrollment.
Nudge4 Director Ben Castleman has nudge research cited in a New York Times op-ed. A new approach — a text-messaging campaign directed at potentially vulnerable students during the summer, customized to remind them of the deadlines set by their intended … Continued
Nudge4 director Ben Castleman is recognized for his innovative use of large-scale text messaging campaigns to improve college access and success in the September/October issue of Washington Monthly.