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ERIC Number: ED503917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 167
Abstractor: ERIC
Rewarding Persistence: Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents
Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn; Brock, Thomas; LeBlanc, Allen; Paxson, Christina; Rouse, Cecilia Elena; Barrow, Lisa
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 low-income parents. Students who participated in the program, which was operated at two New Orleans-area colleges as part of MDRC's multisite Opening Doors demonstration, were more likely to stay in school, get higher grades, and earn more credits. Key findings from this report include the following: (1) The Opening Doors program encouraged more students to register for college; (2) The program increased persistence; (3) The program increased the number of credits that students earned; and (4) The program had positive impacts on a range of social and psychological outcomes. (Contains 30 tables, 11 figures, and 2 boxes.) [Additional funding was provided by The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health, The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood, The Kresge Foundation, The Sandler Foundation, and The Starr Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Ford Foundation; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; James Irvine Foundation; Joyce Foundation; KnowledgeWorks Foundation; Lumina Foundation for Education; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH); Princeton Univ., NJ. Industrial Relations Section.; Robin Hood Foundation, New York, NY.; Spencer Foundation; Department of Education (ED); Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; William T. Grant Foundation; Ambrose Monell Foundation; Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: MDRC
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations