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ERIC Number: ED517453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Opening Doors to Student Success: A Synthesis of Findings from an Evaluation at Six Community Colleges. Policy Brief
Scrivener, Susan; Coghlan, Erin
Only one-third of all students who enter community colleges with the intent to earn a degree or certificate actually meet this goal within six years. MDRC launched the Opening Doors Demonstration in 2003--the first large-scale random assignment study in a community college setting--to tackle this problem. Partnering with six community colleges, MDRC helped develop and evaluated programs based on the following approaches: financial incentives, reforms in instructional practices, and enhancements in student services. Opening Doors provides some of the first rigorous evidence that a range of interventions can, indeed, improve educational outcomes for community college students. This policy brief describes the different strategies tested, discusses what has been learned from Opening Doors, and offers some suggestions to policymakers and practitioners for moving forward. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: MDRC