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ERIC Number: ED562826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
The Platinum Bullet: An Experimental Evaluation of CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Program (ASAP)--New Three-Year Impacts, Cost Analyses, and Implementation Findings
Weiss, Michael; Scrivener, Susan; Fresques, Hannah; Ratledge, Alyssa; Rudd, Tim; Sommo, Colleen
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
The City University of New York's (CUNY's) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) combines many of the ideas from a range of programs into a comprehensive model that requires students to attend school full-time, and provides supports and incentives for three years. ASAP's financial aid reforms, enhanced student services, and scheduling reforms are designed to increase the proportion of students who graduate with an associate's degree. Broadly speaking, the primary objective of the study is to determine: What is the effect of the ASAP program on students' academic outcomes? This question examines whether ASAP is effective compared with the business-as-usual services offered at the participating colleges. This is the question at the heart of the evaluation. The three-year ASAP program bundles together a group of strategies--financial aid reforms, enhanced student services, and schedule reforms--many of which have a research base on their effectiveness therefore the study's results reported ASAP is one of the most ambitious efforts in the country to improve the success rates of low-income postsecondary students. Services at community colleges are often lacking--particularly when contrasted with services at four-year institutions--and initiatives such as ASAP may be what is needed to help the field see beyond the status quo and achieve the results desired by policymakers. Tables and figures are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: New York