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Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of a Student Mentoring Program

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  • Sandner, Malte

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This paper presents evidence from a natural-experiment which evaluates the effectiveness of a student mentoring program. The mentoring includes several compulsory, scheduled, faceto- face appointments between a mentor and a student in the first study year. All mentors are graduated and employed by the institution. For the evaluation, I use the fact that the mentoring is only offered to students in an economics and management program, whereas it is not offered to students in an industrial engineering program. However, students in both programs take the same classes and write the same exams in their first study year. I find that the mentoring program significantly decreases the failure rates in the first semester exams.

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Paper provided by Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät in its series Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) with number dp-512.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:han:dpaper:dp-512

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  1. Eric P. Bettinger & Bridget Terry Long, 2005. "Addressing the Needs of Under-Prepared Students in Higher Education: Does College Remediation Work?," NBER Working Papers 11325, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Maria De Paola & Vincenzo Scoppa & Rosanna Nisticò, 2010. "Monetary Incentives And Student Achievement In A Depressed Labour Market: Results From A Randomized Experiment," Working Papers 201006, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica).
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