Lindsay C. Page is an assistant professor of research methodology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, a research scientist at Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center, and a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. There has been a long-standing recognition that issues of college cost and affordability stand as barriers to college access, particularly for students from low-income backgrounds or students who would be first in their family to attend college. More recently, a growing body of work has charted the path from college consideration to actual college enrollment and has shed light on patterns illustrating that low-income students are falling behind their better-off peers every step along the way. Much of Lindsay’s recent work draws on the fields of educational policy, economics of education and behavioral economics to design, implement and rigorously assess – through large-scale randomized controlled trials – innovative strategies to improve students’ transition to and through postsecondary education. For example, she and colleagues have implemented interventions that rely on semi-customized, automated text-based communication to nudge students towards improved rates of timely application for financial aid and to mitigate summer melt, the phenomenon that college-intending students fail to transition successfully from high school to college. Currently, she is also working quite locally to investigate the impacts of the Pittsburgh Promise on students’ postsecondary choices and success as well as nationally to investigate the impacts of the Dell Scholars program, which provides primarily first-generation, low-income college students with a combination of financial and other supports to increase their chances of college success and bachelor’s degree attainment. She holds a doctorate in quantitative policy analysis and master’s degrees in statistics and in education policy from Harvard University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
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