|Grant Program:||Scalable Strategies to Support College Completion Network|
Dr. James Benson
In FY 2016, the Institute initiated a new grant program, Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice, to focus resources and attention on education problems or issues that are high priorities for the nation, and to create both a structure and process for researchers who are working on these issues to share ideas, build new knowledge, and strengthen their research and dissemination capacity. Each Network consists of several research teams working on the same issue, and is coordinated by a Network Lead. The ultimate objective of each Network is to advance the field's understanding of a problem or issue beyond what an individual research project or team is able to do on its own, and to assist policymakers and practitioners in using this information to strengthen education policies and programs and improve student education outcomes.
The Scalable Strategies to Support College Completion Network (College Completion Network) is focused on the problem of low college completion rates. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that only about half of the degree-seeking students who enter open- and broad-access institutions (including community colleges and four-year colleges and universities that accept 75 percent or more of their applicants) earn a degree or certificate within six years. The College Completion Network is helping such institutions develop and evaluate interventions designed to increase degree attainment. The Network is concentrating on interventions that are currently operating or have the potential to operate on a large scale. The College Completion Network comprises five Network Research Teams and a Network Lead, as follows:
College Completion Network Lead
Nudges to the Finish Line: Experimental Interventions to Prevent Late College Departure
The Men of Color College Achievement (MoCCA) Project
Affording Degree Completion: A Study of Completion Grants at Accessible Public Universities
A Scalable Growth Mindset Intervention to Raise Achievement and Persistence in Community College
An Experimental Evaluation of Accelerated Pathways through Developmental Education
The Institute is not accepting new applications for the College Completion Network.