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Virtual brown bag: How did school choice reforms affect the types of colleges New Orleans students attended?

Beth Glenn

Date & Time
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
12:00–1:00 pm
Zoom Conference

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans invites you to attend a virtual presentation on Wednesday, May 20th, on the topic of how school choice reforms in New Orleans affected students once they got to college. Join us on Zoom at

Previous research has shown that the post-Katrina school reforms increased rates of college enrollment and graduation. But what were the characteristics of the colleges that students attended? Were they higher-quality in terms of measures like graduation rates, student-staff ratio, or instructional spending per student? These are crucial questions, because students who attend higher-quality colleges see higher wages and are more likely to graduate. This is especially true for students of color.

To answer these questions, researcher Beth Glenn analyzed data on a set of Louisiana colleges and the students who attended them. Comparing graduates of public high schools in New Orleans to students in other hurricane-affected districts, she examined the effects of the reforms on college persistence and looked in greater depth at the kinds of colleges that students enrolled in.

She will share her findings in this virtual brown bag. To access the online discussion, download Zoom and click on the link above. Please note that since the findings are preliminary, they should not be shared outside of the brown bag.

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