Public universities are intent on increasing degree completion for many reasons. A stronger policy focus on completion and interest in removing students’ financial hurdles has led to a rapid proliferation of completion grant programs. This paper from our network research team at the Hope Center and APLU reports on a mixed-method implementation study of completion grant programs at seven broad- and open-access universities.
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The study in this What Works Clearinghouse Review examined the impact of dual-credit courses on students' enrollment in college-level courses in high school and their ability to receive both high school and college credits upon completion of the course.
What Happens When You Combine High School and College? The Impact of the Early College Model on Postsecondary Performance and Completion
Early colleges are a new model of schooling in which the high school and college experiences are merged, shortening the total amount of time a student spends in school. This What Works Clearinghouse Review examined a study that used a lottery-based experimental design to examine the impact of the model on longer term outcomes, including attainment of a postsecondary credential and academic performance in 4-year institutions.
To provide relevant information to educators and administrators in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the What Works Clearinghouse conducted a rapid evidence review to report on what works in distance learning programming.
Our Spotlight video series is highlighting each of our network research teams and their projects. In this video, Rashida Welbeck, a project director at MDRC, describes the Men of Color College Achievement project.
The Effects of Expanding Pell Grant Eligibility for Short Occupational Training Programs: Results from the Experimental Sites Initiative
This report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance examines the effects of expanding Pell Grant eligibility for short occupational training programs.