WWC review of this study

Madison Area Technical College Patient Care Pathway program: Implementation and early impact report (OPRE Report No. 2018-48)

Cook, R., Hamadyk, J., Zeidenberg, M., Rolston, H., & Gardiner, K. (2018). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED618156

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    379
     Students
    , grade
    PS

Reviewed: January 2021

No statistically significant positive
findings
Meets WWC standards without reservations
Industry-recognized credential, certificate, or license (short-run) outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Received an occupational or educational credential from any source

Adult Education vs. Business as usual

18 Months

Complete case sample;
379 students

32.82

35.87

No

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Received a credential from a licensing/certification body

Adult Education vs. Business as usual

18 Months

Complete case sample;
354 students

21.55

21.39

No

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Received an occupational credential at a place other than college

Adult Education vs. Business as usual

18 Months

Complete case sample;
354 students

1.10

4.05

No

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Progressing in college outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Hours of college occuptional training

Adult Education vs. Business as usual

18 Months

Complete case sample;
353 students

248.42

227.44

No

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Hours of college occupational training at a place other than college

Adult Education vs. Business as usual

18 Months

Complete case sample;
353 students

11.27

5.22

No

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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: 84%
    Male: 16%

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    Other or unknown
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    White
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  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic    
    9%
    Not Hispanic or Latino    
    91%

Setting

The study took place in a two-year college in the Midwest.

Study sample

The initial sample consisted of 500 learners. These learners had scores on the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System test that fell within a range consistent with low skills, but not very poor skills. The eligible range of scores varied by program and college. Eighty-four percent of learners were female. Sixty-seven percent were White, non-Hispanic; 21 percent were Black, non-Hispanic; and 9 percent were Hispanic. Twenty-three percent of learners were age 20 or younger, 21 percent were ages 21 to 24, 30 percent were ages 25 to 34, and 25 percent were age 35 or older. Forty-seven percent had a high school diploma, a diploma equivalent, or less. Learners reported an average income at baseline of $33,165. On measures of socioeconomic status, 36 percent reported receiving benefits from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); 4 percent reported receiving public assistance or welfare, and 34 percent reported experiencing financial hardship.

Intervention Group

The Patient Care Pathway program is a course of study designed to accelerate entry into a degree-granting program in a health field. The content of the courses is contextualized to health careers, and the program also includes wraparound supports, including advising services to help learners enroll in courses.

Comparison Group

The comparison group continued to receive existing courses and supports at the college. This included non-contextualized remediation courses and access to advisors who were unaffiliated with the PCP academies.

Support for implementation

The study does not provide specific information about support for implementation.

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.

  • Cook, R., Hamadyk, J., Zeidenberg, M., Rolston, H., & Gardiner, K. (2018). Madison Area Technical College Patient Care Pathway: Implementation and early impact report [Appendices] (OPRE Report No. 2018-48). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/images/opre/matc_implementation_and_early_impact_report_appendices_9_14_18_508.pdf.

 

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