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Lepe, Marco; Weissman, Evan – MDRC, 2020
From 2017 to 2019, MDRC's College Promise Success Initiative (CPSI) worked with College Promise programs nationwide, helping transform perceptions about college affordability and access while aiming to increase rates of enrollment and completion. Staff from the programs in CPSI met at the end of 2019 and shared insights on effectively designing…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Access to Education, Socioeconomic Influences, College Attendance
Miller, Cynthia; Headlam, Camielle; Manno, Michelle; Cullinan, Dan – MDRC, 2020
The nation's community colleges play a central role in producing a more educated workforce and promoting social mobility. They serve about 40 percent of all college students and, not surprisingly, they serve a disproportionate number of low-income and underrepresented students. But most students who enter these colleges do not graduate--only about…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Graduation Rate, Acceleration (Education)
Price, Madeline; Corrin, William – MDRC, 2020
In a 2006 report, MDRC comparatively analyzed its evaluations of three comprehensive interventions -- Career Academies, First Things First, and Talent Development -- to identify strategies that address five critical challenges to reform: (1) creating a personalized and orderly learning environment; (2) assisting students who enter high school with…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Change, Barriers, Teaching Methods
Dalporto, Hannah; Tessler, Betsy – MDRC, 2020
A changing economy and rapid advancements in technology have resulted in mismatches between employers' needs and workers' skills in a number of fields -- and are likely to continue to generate new ones. Many people in postsecondary education and workforce development see community college career and technical education (CTE) as a way to fill…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Equal Education, Vocational Education, Nontraditional Students
MDRC, 2020
Low-income students in college face many challenges, including meeting college tuition and related costs as well as competing demands on their time from work, their studies, or family obligations. They may not be prepared for college academically. They may also lack the skills and experiences on which other students rely to help them navigate…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, College Students, Educational Research, Postsecondary Education
Rappaport, Shelley; Somers, Marie-Andrée; Granito, Kelly – MDRC, 2019
In summer 2015, roughly six years after the Great Recession of 2007-2009 ended, the American media began reporting on an emerging teacher shortage. Public schools were reinstating programs and classes that they had cut during the recession, and student enrollment was increasing. Meanwhile, enrollment in teacher training programs was decreasing.…
Descriptors: Institutes (Training Programs), Summer Programs, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs
Condliffe, Barbara; Balu, Rekha – MDRC, 2019
When many of today's parents were students, the process of applying and enrolling in school was fairly simple and involved few choices. In many cases, a family visited the neighborhood public school at the start of the school year and enrolled the child at the school's office. But now, the proliferation of school-choice policies in districts…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Choice, Family Characteristics, Parent Role
Millenky, Megan; Hossain, Farhana – MDRC, 2019
PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based nonprofit organization that serves girls of middle school and high school age who are at risk of involvement with the justice system. PACE aims to get these girls back on track by taking a gender-responsive approach, providing a blend of academic and social services that are shaped by an awareness of girls'…
Descriptors: Females, At Risk Persons, Middle School Students, High School Students
Millenky, Megan; Treskon, Louisa; Freedman, Lily; Mage, Caroline – MDRC, 2019
PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based organization that provides academic and social services to girls of middle school and high school age. Girls who attend PACE have a specific set of characteristics that put them at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system and other negative outcomes. PACE seeks to reduce the likelihood of…
Descriptors: Females, Middle School Students, High School Students, At Risk Students
Alterman, Emma; Balu, Rekha; Haider, Zeest – MDRC, 2019
Around the country, high school teachers are being called upon to improve student writing, but they often lack the tools and requisite know-how to make a difference. An ambitious new program called Drive to Write is attempting to change that. This report describes an evaluation of the program's implementation in 11 public high schools in New York…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Coaching (Performance)
Zhu, Pei – MDRC, 2019
Educational practices that prove effective often involve a substantial investment of training and support time. Unfortunately, that is the very characteristic that makes it difficult and costly to expand the programs on a large scale. A key challenge when scaling up is to maintain high levels of effectiveness at an affordable cost.…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Program Effectiveness, Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development
Headlam, Camielle; Marano, Emily; Yu, Justine – MDRC, 2019
Nationwide, only 13 percent of community college students graduate within two years, and only 24 percent graduate within three years. Two important indicators that students will graduate on time are the number of credits they attempt each semester and their academic performance, which is often measured by a college's requirements for satisfactory…
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Science Research, Barriers, Academic Achievement
Weiss, Michael J. – MDRC, 2019
Nationwide, only 24 percent of community college students earn a degree or certificate within three years of matriculat­ing. Students who enroll in summer classes at the end of the freshman year are more likely to persist and graduate. Summer enrollment enables students to earn additional credits, reducing the time it takes to earn a degree.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Grants, Student Financial Aid
Cerna, Oscar – MDRC, 2019
Latinos are the fastest growing college population in California, but less than one-quarter of all Latino adults in the state earn a college degree. To reverse this trend, both the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor launched new initiatives in 2017 to raise Latino…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Graduation Rate, College Graduates, Racial Composition
MDRC, 2019
A process or journey map is a visual representation of a process that lists each step from start to finish. Higher education institutions can use process maps to help identify the barriers preventing students from achieving a desired outcome. A process map can be used to guide changes to a process that will reduce the barriers students face. This…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Higher Education, Student Educational Objectives, Barriers
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