Nudging for Success: ideas42 new postsecondary report
Our friends at ideas42 just released their Nudging for Success report on using behavioral science to improve the postsecondary student journey. Here’s an interview with ideas42’s Alissa Fishbane in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Nudging for Success is a new report summarizing two years of work by ideas42 and their partners in higher education. Through 16 projects with 13 schools and postsecondary partners, they uncovered numerous subtle, often invisible barriers that hinder students’ progress at each step of their journey to a degree - and then set about designing solutions to improve student outcomes from pre-admission to post-graduation.
Some brief examples from the report: the behavioral approach increased first year retention by 10% among low-income, first generation, under-represented and other students at risk of dropping out with a short video and reflective writing exercise along with monthly messages throughout the year. ideas42 increased scholarships and grants for continuing students by $236-643 per student with email reminders to file the FAFSA that increased early applications by 72%. Simplifying complex forms for income-based debt relief programs by using a novel document jacket increased the completion and return of the form by 48% for borrowers struggling to repay their student loans.