Promise Research Bibliography – by Outcome Area

September 2018

This list represents scholarly research into the impacts of place-based scholarship or “Promise” programs across the three outcome areas of K-12 education, post-secondary education, and community-level impacts.[1]


General

Andrews, Rodney J. 2013. The Promise of "Promise" Programs. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, June 24.

Iriti, Jennifer and Michelle Miller-Adams. 2015. Promise Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Supported with a grant from Lumina Foundation.

Miller-Adams, Michelle. 2015. Promise Nation: Transforming Communities through Place-Based Scholarships. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Miller-Adams, Michelle. 2009. The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Perna, Laura W. 2016, Understanding College Promise Programs. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD), June 28.

Swanson, Elise, Angela Watson, Gary Ritter, and Malachi Nichols. 2016. Promises Fulfilled? A Systematic Review of the Impacts of Promise Programs. University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform (EDRE) Working Paper. EDRE WP 2016-16. October 4.

Impacts on K-12 Education

Ash, Jennifer W. 2015. A Promise Kept in El Dorado? An Evaluation of the Impact of a Universal, Place-Based College Scholarship on K-12 Achievement and High School Graduation. Theses and Dissertations. 1175.

Ash, Jennifer W. and Gary W. Ritter. 2014. Early Impacts of the El Dorado Promise on Enrollment and Achievement. Arkansas Education Report, Volume 11, Issue 1, University of Arkansas Office of Education Policy, April 23.

Bartik, Timothy J., and Marta Lachowska. 2013. "The Short-Term Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on Student Outcomes." In New Analyses of Worker Well-Being, Research in Labor Economics, Volume 38, Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 37-76. Also available as a working paper and article.

Doleac, Jennifer L. and Chloe R. Gibbs. 2016. A Promising Alternative: How Making College Free Affects Teens’ Risky Behaviors. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Economics, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia.

Gonzalez, Gabriella, C., Robert Bozik, Lindsay Daugherty, Ethan Scherer, Reema Singh, Mònica Jacobo Suàrez, and Sarah Ryan. 2014. Transforming an Urban School System: Progress of New Haven School Change and New Haven Promise Education Reforms (2010-2013). Rand Corporation. 

Gonzalez, Gabriella C., Robert Bozik, Shannah Tharp-Taylor, and Andrea Phillips. 2011. Fulfilling the Pittsburgh Promise: Early Progress of Pittsburgh's Postsecondary Scholarship Program. Rand Corporation.

Harris, Douglas N. 2013. Is Traditional Financial Aid Too Little, Too Late to Help Youth Succeed in College? An Introduction to the Degree Project Promise Scholarship Experiment. New Directions for Youth Development, Number 140, Winter 2013, pp. 99-116.

Harris, Douglas N. and Larry L. Orr. 2012. Testing the Promise: A Randomized Trial of a Promise College Scholarship for Urban Public School Students. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Economics, Tulane University. 

Jones, Jeffrey N., Gary Miron, and Allison J. Kelaher-Young. 2012. The Kalamazoo Promise and Perceived Changes in Teacher Beliefs, Expectations, and Behaviors. The Journal of Education Research, Volume 105, pp. 36-51.

Miron, Gary, J. Jones, and A. Kelaher-Young. 2011. The Kalamazoo Promise and Perceived Changes in School Climate. Education Policy Analysis Archives, Volume 19, Number 17. 

Miron, Gary, J. Jones, and A. Kelaher-Young. 2012. The Impact of the Kalamazoo Promise on Student Attitudes, Goals, and Aspirations. American Secondary Education, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp. 5-27.

Ritter, Gary and Jennifer Ash. 2016. The Promise of a College Scholarship Transforms a District. Phi Delta Kappan, Volume 97, Number 5, pp. 13-19.

Post-Secondary Impacts

Andrews, Rodney J., Stephen DesJardins, and Vimal Ranchhod. 2010. The Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise on College Choice. Economics of Education Review, Volume 29, Issue 5. October.

Bartik, Timothy J., Brad Hershbein, and Marta Lachowska. 2015. The Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on College Enrollment, Persistence, and Completion. Upjohn Institute Working Paper 15-229. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Billings, Meredith S. 2018. Free College for All: The Impact of Promise Programs on College Access and Success. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation.

Bozick, Robert., Gonzalez, Gabriella., and Engberg, John. 2015. Using a Merit-Based Scholarship Program to Increase Rates of College Enrollment in an Urban School District: The Case of the Pittsburgh Promise. Journal of Student Financial Aid, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp. 2-24.

Carruthers, Celeste K. and William F. Fox. 2016. Aid for all: College coaching, financial aid, and post-secondary persistence in Tennessee. Economics of Education Review, 51, 97-112. Also available as a working paper.

Daugherty, Lindsay and Gabriella C. Gonzalez. 2016. The Impact of the New Haven Promise Program on College Enrollment, Choice, and Persistence. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.

Delaney, Jennifer and Brad Hemenway. 2017.Inside the Black Box: A difference-in-difference Analysis of Shifts in Postsecondary Institution Spending Patterns in Response to “Promise” Financial Aid Programs .” Manuscript delivered at the 42nd annual Association of Education Finance and Policy Conference (Washington, D.C.)

Gonzalez, Gabriella., Robert Bozick, Lindsay Daugherty, Ethan Scherer, Reema Sing., Monica Suarez, Sarah Ryan, and Jonathan Schweig. 2014. An Early Look at College Preparation, Access, and Enrollment of New Haven Public School Students (2010-2013). Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.

Iriti, Jennifer, Lindsay C. Page, and William E. Bickel. 2017. Place-based Scholarships: Catalysts for Systems Reform to Improve Postsecondary Attainment. International Journal of Educational Development. Available online March 6.

Iriti, Jennifer, William Bickel, and Julie Kaufman. 2012. Realizing "The Promise:" Scholar Retention and Persistence in Post-Secondary Education. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh, Learning Research and Development Center. September 27.

Miller-Adams, Michelle and Bridget Timmeney. 2013. The Impact of the Kalamazoo Promise on College Choice: An Analysis of Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center Graduates. Upjohn Institute Policy Paper 2013-014. February.

Page, L. C., Iriti, J. E., Lowry, D. J., & Anthony, A. M. 2018. The promise of place-based investment in postsecondary access and success: Investigating the impact of the Pittsburgh Promise. Education Finance and Policy. January.

Pluhta, Elizabeth, A. and G. Richarch Penny. 2013. The Effect of a Community College Promise Scholarship on Access and Success. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Volume 37, Issue 10, pp. 723-734.

Page, Lindsay C. and Jennifer Iriti. 2016. “On Undermatch and College Cost: A Case Study of the Pittsburgh Promise,” in Andrew P. Kelly et al., eds. Matching Students to Opportunity: Expanding College Choice, Access, and Quality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Swanson, Elise and Ritter, Gary. 2018 Start to Finish: Examining the Impact of the El Dorado Promise on Postsecondary Outcomes.  EDRE Working Paper No. 2018-02. March 30.

Community-level Impacts

Bartik, Timothy J., Randall Eberts, and Wei-Jang Huang. 2010. The Kalamazoo Promise, and Enrollment and Achievement Trends in Kalamazoo Public Schools. Presented at the PromiseNet 2010 Conference, June 16-18, Kalamazoo, MI.

Bartik, Timothy J., Brad Hershbein, and Marta Lachowska. 2016. The Merits of Universal Scholarships: Benefit-Cost Evidence from the Kalamazoo Promise. Upjohn Institute Working Paper 16-252. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Bartik, Timothy J., and Nathan Sotherland. 2015. Migration and Housing Price Effects of Place-Based College Scholarships. Upjohn Institute Working Paper 15-245. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Robert Bifulco, Ross Rubenstein, and Hosun Sohn. 2017. Using Synthetic Controls to Evaluate the Effect of Unique Interventions: The Case of Say Yes to Education. Evaluation Review. November.

Hershbein, Brad J. 2013. A Second Look at Enrollment Changes after the Kalamazoo Promise. Upjohn Institute Working Paper 13-200. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

LeGower, Michael, and Randall Walsh. 2017. Promise Scholarship Programs as Place-Making Policy: Evidence from School Enrollment and Housing Prices. Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 101, September 2017, pp. 74-89.

Miller, Ashley. 2011. College Scholarships as a Tool for Community Development? Evidence from the Kalamazoo Promise. Princeton, NJ: Working Paper, Princeton University. November.

Miller-Adams, Michelle and Jenna Fiore. 2013. The Kalamazoo Promise and Changing Perceptions of the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Upjohn Institute Policy Paper No. 2013-016.
December.

Niemeyer, Arielle. 2015. Place-based scholarship program design, context, and intergenerational mobility: A case study of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship program. Virginia Commonwealth University doctoral dissertation.

Sohn, Hosung, Ross Rubenstein, Judson Murchie, and Robert Bifulco. 2017. Assessing the Effects of Place Based Scholarships on Urban Revitalization: The Case of Say Yes to Education. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Volume 39, No. 2, June. pp. 198-222.


[1] Note to researchers: If you have carried out or know of research that should be a part of this bibliography, please send bibliographic information to miller-adams@upjohn.org.

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