Prof. Castleman Discusses Summer Melt in New Podcast with Education Next


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Ben Castleman, an assistant professor at EdPolicyWorks and Curry, talk about the phenomenon of summer melt in a new podcast.

EdNext Podcast: Summer Melt — Why College-Bound Kids Don’t End Up in College & How to Help

At least ten percent of students who graduate from high school and plan on going to college never show up on campus in the fall, a phenomenon called “summer melt.”

Ben Castleman of the University of Virginia has studied the causes of summer melt and is testing some innovative interventions to help get at-risk students to college. He finds that connecting students with people and resources to help them manage the paperwork for financial aid, student loans, health insurance, and housing can make all the difference in getting from graduation to orientation.