ERIC Number: ED565735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Reference Count: 16
Building College Readiness before Matriculation: A Preview of a CUNY Start Evaluation. Research Brief
Scrivener, Susan; Logue, Alexandra W.
Graduation rates from community colleges in the United States are quite low overall, but they are even lower for the many entering students who need some remediation. This brief provides a first look at an evaluation of CUNY Start, an innovative developmental education program at the City University of New York (CUNY) that was designed to improve the success rates of its least prepared community college students. Participating students delay college matriculation for one semester, beginning instead with a semester of non-credit, time-intensive instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics; enhanced academic advising and tutoring; and a weekly "College Success" seminar. Students pay only $75 for CUNY Start, including the textbooks. The evaluation examines the effect of the program on students' academic outcomes compared with CUNY's traditional pathways for community college students who need significant developmental education. If CUNY Start is making a meaningful difference in boosting the success rates of students with very low basic skills, it will be a model for others to consider.
Descriptors: College Readiness, College Preparation, Developmental Programs, Academic Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Models, Transitional Programs, Noncredit Courses, Enrollment Rate, Institutional Characteristics, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Educational Change, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: MDRC
Identifiers - Location: New York
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305H140065