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Evaluation of educational policies

In 2009 the Autonomous province of Trento has started to play a leading role in encouraging students from low income families to obtain higher education. Thus, a recent disposition assigns merit-based financial incentives to worthy students from low income families. More precisely, the scholarship will be paid to those who have successfully completed the last year of secondary school obtaining a final score which fall above 93/100 and whose family income is below a predetermined Icef threshold.

This research project aims to assess the effects of the reform of Higher Education (HE) approved in 1999 in Italy and implemented in 2001. The reform was aimed at increasing access to university and at decreasing the traditionally high drop-out rates as well as the long duration of tertiary studies in our country. Its main strategy was replacing the former one-tier structure of HE with a two-tier structure, in the context of the so-called Bologna process.