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Increasing College Persistence with Year-long Parent Mail Communications
Last registered on September 22, 2015

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Increasing College Persistence with Year-long Parent Mail Communications
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000852
Initial registration date
September 22, 2015
Last updated
September 22, 2015 6:41 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Harvard Kennedy School
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2014-05-21
End date
2015-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We conduct an RCT in which we send a program of communications by mail to parents of first year college students. The communications suggest specific ways parents can support their child's college success.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Rogers, Todd. 2015. "Increasing College Persistence with Year-long Parent Mail Communications." AEA RCT Registry. September 22. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.852-1.0.
Former Citation
Rogers, Todd. 2015. "Increasing College Persistence with Year-long Parent Mail Communications." AEA RCT Registry. September 22. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/852/history/5334.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2014-05-21
Intervention End Date
2015-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
• Enrolled at State University for any credits in Fall 2015
• GPA for all enrolled courses in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
• # of credits earned in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Randomized experiment with two conditions, treatment and control
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
by computer
Randomization Unit
student-level randomization
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Treatment (N=558) 14 letters to parents of first-year students during 2014-15 academic year
Control (N=565) No letters to parents
Sample size: planned number of observations
1123
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Treatment (N=558) 14 letters to parents of first-year students during 2014-15 academic year
Control (N=565) No letters to parents
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Harvard IRB
IRB Approval Date
2014-06-17
IRB Approval Number
IRB14-2342
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
pre-analysis plan

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Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers