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Sommo, Colleen; Lepe, Marco; Ratledge, Alyssa – MDRC, 2022
Open-access colleges are an important pathway to economic mobility for millions of Americans. But graduation rates at these colleges are low--for example, only 36 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen at community colleges graduate within three years. Over the last two decades, MDRC and others have conducted research to build the evidence base…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Academic Support Services, Student Financial Aid
McCormick, Meghan; Mattera, Shira – MDRC, 2022
Decades of research on early care and education have shown that four-year-old children who enroll in prekindergarten (pre-K) programs start kindergarten scoring higher on assessments of academic skills than those who do not. A handful of long-term follow-up studies of pre-K have also found that these programs can have lasting beneficial impacts on…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education
MDRC, 2021
What works to help rural students succeed in higher education? In fall 2020, MDRC partnered with Rural Matters and Ascendium Education Group to produce a four-part podcast series called "Rural Higher Education: Challenges & Opportunities." The series gathered experts from across the country to examine the realities of rural life and…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Higher Education, Barriers, Educational Opportunities
Morton, Tiffany; Headlam, Camielle; Spencer, Briah – MDRC, 2021
College completion rates are low--nearly 40 percent of students do not earn a degree within six years of enrolling in college. Community college students face the highest hurdles--about 60 percent are without a degree six years after matriculating. Research has identified strategies that institutions can use to improve student success and degree…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Graduation Rate, Educational Attainment
Cullinan, Dan; Lewy, Erika B. – MDRC, 2021
How should colleges determine whether students are placed into developmental or college-level courses? Each year, colleges place millions of students into developmental math and English courses upon enrollment. To do so, colleges most often use a high-stakes placement test, which numerous research studies have shown to be highly inaccurate in…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Placement, Developmental Studies Programs, High Stakes Tests
Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry; Tessler, Betsy L.; Lewy, Erika B. – MDRC, 2021
As the wages of high school graduates plummet, postsecondary education and training has become critical to obtaining a living-wage job. Obtaining an associate's degree or higher has the greatest potential to produce long-lasting increases in individual earnings. However, recent studies have shown that shorter-term credentials, which may take only…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Credentials, Vocational Education, Education Work Relationship
Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Sepanik, Susan; Portilla, Ximena A.; Brown, Kevin Thaddeus, Jr. – MDRC, 2021
This practitioner brief is the first in a series highlighting concrete strategies that educational leaders can use to increase equity in education, by building supportive learning environments that meet all students' social and emotional needs. This introductory brief starts by laying out the aspects of a student's social and emotional well-being…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Environment, Student Needs, Well Being
Schmidt, Julia; Weissman, Evan – MDRC, 2021
Through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of March 2020, Congress created the first-ever federal emergency aid program for higher education, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). In the 2020-21 academic year, MDRC partnered with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators…
Descriptors: Pandemics, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, COVID-19
Rosen, Rachel; Welbeck, Rashida – MDRC, 2021
MDRC's Equity Collaborative researched ways that MDRC can more fully measure equity both as a condition and an outcome within studies that are focused on education. They reviewed literature about ways that other researchers, including some in other fields, have approached these questions. The review suggests that most measures used in social…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Research, Educational Assessment, Achievement Gap
Balu, Rekha; Condliffe, Barbara; Hennessy, Margaret – MDRC, 2021
The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) is the largest public school system in the country, and regularly communicates with more families in a month than many school districts do in a year. Innovations in communication or outreach efforts can influence profoundly how families engage with the district, especially innovations in outreach…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Outreach Programs
Wasserman, Kyla; Freedman, Lily; Rodney, Zaina; Schultz, Caroline – MDRC, 2021
The Families Forward Demonstration (FFD) examined new strategies to increase the earnings of parents who owe child support but are unable to fully meet their obligations due to low earnings. It also focused on "responsive" child support services that helped parents understand their support obligations, and even suspended certain…
Descriptors: Job Training, Parents, Children, Financial Support
Ratledge, Alyssa; Sommo, Colleen; Cullinan, Dan; O'Donoghue, Rebekah; Lepe, Marco; Camo-Biogradlija, Jasmina – MDRC, 2021
Postsecondary education is widely seen as a necessity in the modern economy. Yet students at community colleges often face steep odds when it comes to completing a degree. Community colleges serve many low-income and first-generation students as well as students of color, all of whom must contend with many obstacles to success. At the same time,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, At Risk Students, High School Graduates
Weiss, Michael J.; Scrivener, Susan; Slaughter, Austin; Cohen, Benjamin – MDRC, 2021
Most community college students are referred to developmental education courses to build basic skills. These students often struggle in these courses and college more broadly. CUNY Start is a prematriculation program for students assessed as having significant remedial needs. CUNY Start students delay matriculation for one semester and receive…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Program Evaluation, Developmental Studies Programs, Community Colleges
Ratledge, Alyssa; Sommo, Colleen; Cullinan, Dan; O'Donoghue, Rebekah; Lepe, Marco; Camo-Biogradlija, Jasmina – MDRC, 2021
Postsecondary education is widely seen as a necessity in the modern economy. Yet students at community colleges often face steep odds when it comes to completing a degree. Community colleges serve many low-income and first-generation students as well as students of color, all of whom must contend with many obstacles to success. At the same time,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, At Risk Students, High School Graduates
Sengal, Amena; McCormick, Meghan; Castleman-Smith, Jálynn – MDRC, 2021
As the availability of high-quality, center-based prekindergarten (pre-K) has increased, so too has the attention given to children's learning experiences in the summer between pre-K and kindergarten. Investment in summer learning programs may help sustain the effects of pre-K and also boost the outcomes of children who don't enroll in a formal…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Equal Education
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