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Brock, Thomas; Mayer, Alexander K.; Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry – New Directions for Community Colleges, 2016
This chapter explores the role that research and evaluation play in supporting comprehensive reform in community colleges, focusing on lessons from two major initiatives: Achieving the Dream and Completion by Design.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Change, Evaluation Utilization, Research Utilization
Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn; Brock, Thomas; LeBlanc, Allen; Paxson, Christina; Rouse, Cecilia Elena; Barrow, Lisa – MDRC, 2009
MDRC launched the Opening Doors demonstration to test four distinct interventions that were designed to help more students persist in community college and accomplish their academic and personal goals. This report describes the impacts of a performance-based scholarship program with a counseling component on academic success and persistence among…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Academic Persistence, Credits, Program Effectiveness
Brock, Thomas; LeBlanc, Allen; MacGregor, Casey – MDRC, 2005
This report describes the background, objectives, and design of the Opening Doors evaluation. It begins below with a brief review of the research on community college students and their experiences. Chapter 2 then provides a general description of the six colleges that are participating in the demonstration and the four interventions that are…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Research Design, Intervention, Student Characteristics