Why do so many college-eligible students -- recent high school graduates who have been accepted to college and in some cases have even enrolled -- decide over the summer that college is just not for them? "Summer melt," as this phenomenon is called, claims 10-20 percent of college-eligible students a year according to the U.S. Department of Education, a great number of whom are low-income minority students. In this edition of the EdCast, Lindsay Page, Ed.M.'04, Ed.D.'11, and doctoral candidate Ben Castleman -- coauthors of a new resource for the Strategic Data Project, The Summer Melt Handbook -- discuss the effects of "summer melt" and what they're doing to help prevent it.
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