MODEL & RESULTS

So, how does it work and what have we learned?

Model & Results

We created Stay the Course to test if providing community college students comprehensive services would increase their likelihood of academic success.

So, how does it work and what have we learned?

Why Invest in Research?

RELIABLE OUTCOMES

Most social service interventions have no experimental research, thus do not provide clear evidence showing whether the intervention actually made a difference. In Stay the Course, the embedded randomized control trial (RCT) ensures accurate measurement of impact and cost effectiveness.

EXPANDED KNOWLEDGE

Knowing what works and what does not allows for evidence-based investments for years to come. Stay the Course was created in part because of the lack of research in programs that address non-academic needs.

WHY COMMUNITY COLLEGE?

INDIVIDUAL WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA

Average earnings over lifetime: $1,304,000
Average annual salary: $32,600

INDIVIDUAL WITH AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE

Average earnings over lifetime: $1,727,000
Average annual salary: $43,200

We’re using gold standard methodology

Backed by the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), who have been tracking this project with us and providing solid research results.

4x

higher graduation rate. When paired with a case manager, students increase their success rate of graduating at a rate 4x higher than those who don’t receive our services.

35%

of female students completed a degree or certification after three years compared to less than 1% in the relevant comparison group.

For a detailed examination of these results, please read our working paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Increasing Community College Completion Rates Among Low-Income Students: Evidence From a Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluation of a Case Management Intervention

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