Call for Papers: Symposium on Post-Secondary Education Non-Completion and Student Loan Debt



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Boston, MA


The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy, Boston College Law School, and the National Consumer Law Center


The goal of the symposium is to bring together top experts from the nation and the region, including academics, researchers, borrower and consumer advocates, private attorneys, industry representatives, and government officials, to present research and discuss policy on post-secondary education non-completion and its relationship to student loan debt, including impact on communities of color and other protected groups.

    TOPICS: We invite paper proposals on the theme of the symposium that are empirical, qualitative, practice-based, theoretical or policy-oriented. Topics of particular interest include:

    Causes of college and other post-secondary education non-completion:

    – Impact of college readiness

    – Financial and social constraints such as childcare

    – Relationship to predatory, proprietary, or low-quality institutions

    – Relationship to online programs

    – Relationship to the availability or lack thereof of student loan and grant sources

    – Factors related to resumption and completion by students who pause their education

    Consequences of non-completion:

    – Impact on household welfare and social mobility, including income, net worth, and household financial stability

    – Relationship to student loan distress and default, and consequences of default

    – Impact on schools

    – Community, economic, and societal impact

    Empirical studies of the relationship between non-completion and student loan default:

    – Relationship between non-completion and student loan distress and default

    – Relationship between non-completion and use of repayment options

    – Demographic variations

    – Variation by school type

    – Variation by certificate or degree type

    – Data regarding enrollment patterns of non-completers

    – Equity issues raised by non-completion and student loan default

    Short-term and long-term solutions:

    – How to increase completion rates at quality institutions

    – Impact of institutional support services

    – How to lessen financial distress among borrowers without a degree

    – How to lessen negative equity impacts

    – Successful approaches

Authors whose papers are selected will be invited to present their work at the symposium. The conference sponsors will pay reasonable travel expenses for the authors selected, including coach airfare, hotel, and ground transportation. There may be an opportunity for publication of the conference papers in a symposium volume.

ELIGIBILITY: Only unpublished papers will be considered, although papers may be posted on SSRN, bepress, or as part of a similar working paper series. Authors must commit to participating in the full day-long symposium at Boston College Law School on Friday, November 30, 2018, if their papers are selected.

DEADLINE: Proposal submissions must be received by Sunday, June 17, 2018, at midnight. Authors will be notified of the decision by early July 2018. For authors who are selected, complete drafts of their papers are due by Thursday, November 15, 2018 at midnight.

SUBMISSIONS: For the June 17th deadline, authors must provide the following:
(1) Either a full draft of a paper or a two-page précis. Shorter abstracts are not sufficient alone, but may be submitted to supplement a full draft of a paper. Submissions should be made in Microsoft Word format.
(2) Each author’s name, title, and institutional affiliation.
(3) The lead author’s contact information, including email address and phone number.

To submit a proposal, all of the necessary information and documents must be submitted via email to Acknowledgement of submissions will be sent directly. (Please follow up by email if you do not receive an acknowledgement.) Inquiries should be directed to:

Professor Patricia A. McCoy
Boston College Law School

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