WWC review of this study

Can scholarships alone help students succeed? Lessons from two New York City community colleges.

Patel, R., & Rudd, T. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.mdrc.org/can-scholarships-alone-help-students-succeed. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED540689

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    1,502
     Students
    , grade
    PS

Reviewed: November 2016

Meets WWC standards without reservations


Evidence Tier rating based solely on this study. This intervention may achieve a higher tier when combined with the full body of evidence.

Study sample characteristics were not reported.

In the case of multiple manuscripts that report on one study, the WWC selects one manuscript as the primary citation and lists other manuscripts that describe the study as additional sources.

  • Richburg-Hayes, L., Sommo, C., & Welbeck, R. (2011). Promoting full-time attendance among adults in community college: Early impacts from the performance-based scholarship demonstration in New York. New York, NY: MDRC.

Reviewed: June 2013

No statistically significant positive
findings
Meets WWC standards without reservations
Academic achievement outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Earned a "C" or better in six or more credits

Performance-Based Scholarship Program in New York City vs. Lack of Performance based Scholarship

2 semesters post program

Community college students;
1,502 students

N/A

N/A

No

--
More Outcomes

Term GPA

Performance-Based Scholarship Program in New York City vs. Lack of Performance based Scholarship

2 semesters post program

Community college students;
1,111 students

2.60

2.70

No

--
Access and enrollment outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Full time enrollment

Performance-Based Scholarship Program in New York City vs. Lack of Performance based Scholarship

2 semesters post program

Community college students;
1,502 students

N/A

N/A

No

--
More Outcomes

Full time or part time enrollment

Performance-Based Scholarship Program in New York City vs. Lack of Performance based Scholarship

2 semesters post program

Community college students;
1,502 students

N/A

N/A

No

--
Credit accumulation and persistence outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

College-level credits earned

Performance-Based Scholarship Program in New York City vs. Lack of Performance based Scholarship

2 semesters post program

Community college students;
1,502 students

5.90

5.60

No

--
More Outcomes

Credits earned

Performance-Based Scholarship Program in New York City vs. Lack of Performance based Scholarship

2 semesters post program

Community college students;
1,502 students

7.00

6.80

No

--

Ratio of credits earned to credits attempted

Performance-Based Scholarship Program in New York City vs. Lack of Performance based Scholarship

2 semesters post program

Community college students;
1,502 students

0.71

0.72

No

--

Developmental credits earned

Performance-Based Scholarship Program in New York City vs. Lack of Performance based Scholarship

2 semesters post program

Community college students;
1,502 students

1.10

1.20

No

--


Evidence Tier rating based solely on this study. This intervention may achieve a higher tier when combined with the full body of evidence.

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • Female: 69%
    Male: 31%

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  • Race
    Black
    37%
    Other or unknown
    3%
    White
    6%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic    
    44%
    Not Hispanic or Latino    
    56%
 

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