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Richard Hendra; Johanna Walter; Audrey Yu – MDRC, 2024
Government agencies collect vast amounts of administrative data in their day-to-day activities, primarily for program operations. But the information is less often used as a research tool or fully harnessed for its evidence-building potential. This brief is the fourth in a series of publications from MDRC about the Temporary Assistance for Needy…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Data Use, Evidence Based Practice, Program Administration
John Diamond; Sukanya Barman; Rebekah O’Donoghue; Erick Alonzo – MDRC, 2024
More than half of community college students nationwide intend to pursue a four-year degree; however, in Texas only one in four community college students transfer to four-year institutions successfully. Among students who do transfer to a Texas four-year institution, roughly 60 percent go on to graduate with a bachelor's degree. The result is…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Transfer Students, Pilot Projects, Community College Students
Klein, Sabrina; Rosen, Rachel; Beal, Katie; Salimi, Sarah – MDRC, 2023
Interest in the field of career and technical education (CTE) has experienced a resurgence over the last decade, as the global economy has grown increasingly competitive while students have continued to leave school underprepared for well-paying twenty-first century jobs. Together and separately, the education and workforce sectors have sought to…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Job Training, Program Effectiveness, Evidence
Sommo, Colleen; Slaughter, Austin; Saunier, Cyrette; Scrivener, Susan; Warner, Kayla – MDRC, 2023
Community colleges and broad-access universities (those with minimally selective admissions policies) provide an opportunity for students across the United States to attain postsecondary degrees and economic mobility. However, graduation rates from such colleges are often low and there are many obstacles that can be difficult to overcome,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduation Rate, College Students, Universities
Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn; Manno, Michelle; Cerna, Oscar; Lewy, Erika B.; Yang, Edith; Martin-Lawrence, Amanda – MDRC, 2023
Access to college has increased substantially over the last 50 years, but student success--defined as the combination of academic achievement and degree or certificate completion--has largely remained stagnant. The gap between access and success is particularly noteworthy for male Black and Hispanic students, whose college completion rates lag…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Race, Males, Community Colleges
Haider, Zeest; Parise, Leigh – MDRC, 2023
When students drop out of high school there are substantial social and economic consequences that can persist throughout their lives. They are more likely to be unemployed, to become teenage parents, to become involved in the criminal justice system, and to suffer a lifetime of low wages. Dropout rates soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as…
Descriptors: Dropouts, High School Students, Grade 11, Grade 12
Preel-Dumas, Camille; Hendra, Richard; Denison, Dakota – MDRC, 2023
This brief explores data science methods that workforce programs can use to predict participant success. With access to vast amounts of data on their programs, workforce training providers can leverage their management information systems (MIS) to understand and improve their programs' outcomes. By predicting which participants are at greater risk…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Programs, Prediction, Success
Grossman, Jean B.; Quiroz Becerra, M. Victoria; Tessler, Betsy; Azurdia, Gilda – MDRC, 2023
A 2014 report on global human capital trends found that many employers across the United States had difficulties maintaining a skilled and committed workforce. Yet unemployment among young people ages 16 to 29 years was well above the overall unemployment rate. In 2016, 8.2 percent of this group were unemployed, while the national average was 4.9…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Labor Force Development, Social Justice, Change Strategies
Zhu, Pei; Alterman, Emma; Commins, Nicholas; Nash, Peyton – MDRC, 2023
The Assessment-to-Instruction (A2i) Professional Support System has been shown to be effective in improving literacy proficiency among young readers by combining data-driven technology with professional development (PD) activities to help teachers provide personalized literacy instruction. To identify efficient ways to expand the reach of A2i,…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Faculty Development, Literacy Education
Xia, Samantha; Hefyan, Mervett; McCormick, Meghan; Goldberg, Maya; Swinth, Emily; Huang, Sharon – MDRC, 2023
Existing research has found that home visiting programs for families with young children can improve children's development and strengthen caregivers' and families' well-being. However, the pandemic created numerous challenges for home visiting programs, forcing them to deliver services online or in a hybrid format and to adapt the content of…
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Home Visits, Program Effectiveness, Pandemics
Diamond, John; O'Donoghue, Rebekah; Alonzo, Erick; Barman, Sukanya – MDRC, 2023
Transferring to a four-year institution is an important pathway to student success. Many students who enroll in community college intend to transfer to a four-year institution and subsequently earn a bachelor's degree. However, few students ultimately do, with low-income students transferring at lower rates than their peers. The Texas Transfer…
Descriptors: Grants, College Transfer Students, Pilot Projects, Universities
Diamond, John; O'Donoghue, Rebekah; Alonzo, Erick; Barman, Sukanya – MDRC, 2023
This is the supplement to the report, "Texas Takes on Transfer Grants: Interim Impacts of the Texas Transfer Grant Pilot Program on Student Transfer." The Texas Transfer Grant Pilot Program was created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to improve the transfer rates of students from two-year to four-year…
Descriptors: Grants, College Transfer Students, Pilot Projects, Two Year College Students
Hossain, Farhana; Wasserman, Kyla – MDRC, 2023
Roca is a nonprofit organization that works to change the lives of young people who are involved in the justice system and are at high risk of participating in violence or being affected by it. Such young people include those with a history of arrests, incarceration, violent behavior, or gang involvement, and often a disconnection from education…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Males, At Risk Persons, Violence
Hill, Colin; Sommo, Colleen; Warner, Kayla – MDRC, 2023
Community colleges in the United States, which serve a disproportionate number of students from low-income backgrounds, can provide a valuable pathway toward well-paying careers. However, graduation rates at community colleges are very low--among first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who enter public two-year schools, only 29 percent…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Models, Acceleration (Education), Program Implementation
Hill, Colin; Sommo, Colleen; Warner, Kayla – MDRC, 2023
This report provides supplementary information for the report "From Degrees to Dollars: Six-Year Findings from the ASAP Ohio Demonstration." The report includes the following tables and figures: (1) Baseline Characteristics; (2) Academic Outcomes by Semester; (3) Degree or Certificate Receipt Six Years after Random Assignment, by…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Outcomes of Education, Community College Students, Educational Attainment
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