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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
Miller, Cynthia; Weiss, Michael – MDRC, 2021
This paper presents new estimates of the effects of the City University of New York (CUNY) Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) model, evaluated using a randomized controlled trial first in New York and later through a replication in Ohio. It describes longer-term effects of CUNY ASAP in New York, showing that the program's effects on…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Program Effectiveness, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees
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
MDRC, 2020
The skills and abilities children develop in their earliest years lay the foundation for their future well-being. Likewise, early negative experiences can undermine them in later life. Parents play a central role in shaping their children's development, so helping them overcome their own sources of stress is a powerful way to improve how families…
Descriptors: Research Needs, Home Visits, Integrated Services, Young Children
Wulfsohn, Samantha; Rodney, Zaina; Behrmann, Rebecca – MDRC, 2020
Remote learning communities are peer groups that meet regularly by connecting online and via video and telephone conferencing, to work toward shared learning objectives in a structured virtual environment. Led by skilled facilitators who act as guides and sounding boards for these groups, the ongoing discussions may help staff incorporate new…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Staff Development, Communities of Practice, Computer Mediated Communication
Azurdia, Gilda; Galkin, Katerina – MDRC, 2020
Developed by the City University of New York (CUNY), the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) is a comprehensive program that provides students with up to three years of financial and academic support and other services. In return, students are expected to enroll in classes full time and participate in essential program services. An…
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Randomized Controlled Trials, Urban Universities, Acceleration (Education)
Rosen, Rachel; Dalporto, Hannah – MDRC, 2020
Modern high school career and technical education (CTE) programs are often referred to as "high-quality CTE," and they are designed to help students build career skills and earn credentials through sequenced coursework, postsecondary credit acquisition, and exposure to relevant work-based learning experiences. These kinds of programs,…
Descriptors: Career Education, Technical Education, High School Students, Workplace Learning
Garcia, Ivonne; Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Herrera, Carla; Strassberger, Marissa; Dixon, Michelle; Linden, Leigh – MDRC, 2020
Many talented students in under-resourced schools do not reach their full potential. Research shows that by sixth grade, children born into poverty have likely spent 6,000 fewer hours learning than their middle-class counterparts. Higher Achievement, an intensive summer and after-school program, aims to close that learning gap. It offers…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, After School Programs, Achievement Gap, Enrichment Activities
Garcia, Ivonne; Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Herrera, Carla; Linden, Leign L. – MDRC, 2020
Too many talented students who go to under-resourced schools do not achieve their full potential. Though they may perform very well relative to their classmates, these students do not receive the same kinds of academically challenging opportunities throughout their educational journey as do their counterparts in better-resourced public and private…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Program Effectiveness, Grade 5, Grade 6
O'Donoghue, Rebekah; Ratledge, Alyssa – MDRC, 2020
MDRC has studied a number of proven strategies for helping students stay in college and succeed there, the most effective of which combine advisers or coaches who actively reach out to students, decision-making informed by data, and extra financial support. Lessons from some of these models may be readily adapted to support students and close…
Descriptors: College Students, Distance Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Student School Relationship
Schaberg, Kelsey; Greenberg, David H. – MDRC, 2020
This report summarizes the long-term findings of a rigorous random assignment evaluation of the WorkAdvance model, a sectoral training and advancement initiative. Launched in 2011, WorkAdvance goes beyond the previous generation of employment programs by introducing demand-driven skills training and a focus on jobs that have identifiable career…
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Job Training, Program Effectiveness, Economic Impact
Headlam, Camielle; Cohen, Benjamin; Reiman, Kayla – MDRC, 2020
The purpose of this guide is to help college administrators and staff members implement the following two interventions designed to increase summer enrollment rates at their schools: (1) An informational campaign of personalized student communications using email and mail and informed by behavioral science. The campaign simplifies academic,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Summer Schools, Enrollment Rate
Boatman, Angela; Cerna, Oscar; Reiman, Kayla; Diamond, John; Visher, Mary G.; Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry – MDRC, 2020
A recent study found that one in three Americans between the ages of 16 and 65 lack the skills needed to succeed in middle school math, let alone math at the high school or college level. In some instances, states or colleges have raised standards for developmental courses and routed students who score below the minimum skill level for…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Skill Development
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
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