|Title:||College Completion Network Lead|
|Principal Investigator:||Bettinger, Eric||Awardee:||American Institutes for Research (AIR)|
|Program:||Scalable Strategies to Support College Completion Network [Program Details]|
|Award Period:||5 years (1/1/2017-12/31/2021)||Award Amount:||$1,999,122|
|Goal:||Other Goal||Award Number:||R305N170003|
Co-Principal Investigator: Trey Miller
Role: Network Lead
A Research Network involves several teams of researchers who are working together to address a critical education problem or issue. The objective is to encourage information sharing, build new knowledge, and assist policymakers and practitioners to strengthen education policies and programs and improve student education outcomes. The College Completion Network is evaluating promising strategies for moving students at open- and broad-access postsecondary institutions beyond college enrollment and entry-level courses to degree completion. Each network research team is evaluating a specific intervention strategy.
Purpose: The College Completion Network Lead will provide the organizational structure needed to ensure that the College Completion Network runs smoothly and accomplishes its goals and objectives. The Network Lead will coordinate annual meetings of the entire Network as well as ongoing working group meetings focused on crucial completion-related topics. The Lead will conduct independent research to inform the network and the broader public, including a review of current college completion research and a synthesis of findings from NCER-funded projects focusing on college completion. The Lead will disseminate findings from Research Teams by maintaining a high-quality website, assisting Teams with presenting their research on the website, and by facilitating additional collaborative dissemination activities among teams.
Network Leadership Activities: The leadership activities of the College Completion Network Lead comprise six primary functions:
In addition to these six core functions, the Network Lead will provide opportunities for participation and leadership by early career scholars, including post-doctoral investigators and graduate students, to help develop long-term research capacity in the field.
Products: The Network Lead will engage in ongoing dissemination activities with other members of the Network to develop products that explain factors that support students' progression through college and inform policy and practice. Products will include the Network website, briefs and reports for policymakers and practitioners, infographics, videos, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations for a range of stakeholders.
Research Teams: There are currently two Research Teams within the College Completion Network: Assessing the Efficacy of the University System of Georgia's African-American Male Initiative (PI: Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, R305160025). This Research Team is working with the University System of Georgia (USG), and five broad-access institutions within it, to revise and evaluate the African American Male Initiative, a multi-component intervention strategy aimed at increasing degree completion among African American males at USG institutions. The strategy includes academic skills enrichment, advising and student support services, adult-to-student and peer-to-peer mentoring, and leadership development through campus-based organizations.
Nudges to the Finish Line: Experimental Interventions to Prevent Late College Departure (PI: Benjamin Castleman, R305160026). This Research Team is working with eight open- and broad-access colleges and universities across the U.S. to develop and evaluate informational campaigns that provide college-success information to students who have completed at least one half of the credits required for graduation, with the intent of maintaining the persistence and ensuring the degree completion of these "near completers." The campaigns comprise informational text messages targeted to all students, interactive text messages designed to elicit a response or offer an opportunity to engage with an adviser, and personalized text messages targeted to students at specific stages of their academic careers.