US study finds significant "summer melt" among low-income students

April 5, 2011

New research from Harvard University observes significant "summer melt" -- students who commit to enrol at a given institution but then don't do so -- among low-income students, especially those planning to enrol in community college. Among the possible implications of the paper's findings is that high school counsellors need to stay in touch with low-income students over the summer, to watch for signs of melt so that intervention is possible. The researchers also suggest using social networking as a means to stay in touch with these students and help them deal with last-minute obstacles to enrolment. Inside Higher Ed