WWC review of this study

Northeast Resiliency Consortium: Final evaluation report

Price, D., Childress, L., Sedlak, W., & Roach, R. (2017). Indianapolis, Indiana: DVP-PRAXIS LTD and Philadelphia, PA: Equal Measure.

  • Quasi-Experimental Design
     examining 
    3,987
     Students
    , grade
    PS

Reviewed: January 2020

At least one finding shows moderate evidence of effectiveness
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards with reservations
Credit accumulation outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
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Comparison Period Sample Intervention
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Comparison
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Significant? Improvement
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Evidence
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Completed Program

Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) vs. Business as usual

0 Months

Comprehensive Support Services for Continuing Education Participants and Matched Comparison Group;
2,792 students

82.00

44.00

Yes

 
 
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More Outcomes

Credits earned or banked

Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) vs. Business as usual

0 Months

Comprehensive Support Services for Continuing Education Participants and Matched Comparison Group;
2,792 students

41.00

24.00

Yes

 
 
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Industry-recognized credential, certificate, or license completion outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

received credential

Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) vs. Business as usual

0 Months

Comprehensive Support Services for Continuing Education Participants and Matched Comparison Group;
2,792 students

74.00

37.00

Yes

 
 
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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: 52%
    Male: 48%

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    Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York
  • Race
    Asian
    10%
    Black
    31%
    Other or unknown
    21%
    White
    29%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic    
    27%
    Not Hispanic or Latino    
    55%

Setting

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium (NRC) is composed of seven community colleges in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York: Atlantic Cape Community College (NJ), Passaic County Community College (NJ), Bunker Hill Community College (MA), Capital Community College (CT), Housatonic Community College (CT), Kingsborough Community College (NY), LaGuardia Community College (NY).

Study sample

"Across the consortium, participants are older students, with an average age of 30.67, and are racially and ethnically diverse: 31% are Black or African American, 29% are White, 10% are Asian, and 9% reported multiple races. In addition, more than one-fourth identified as Hispanic (any race). Slightly less than half of participants reported a high school diploma or less as their highest credential prior to enrolling in the NRC (40% of participants received a high school diploma and 6% received a GED), and these participants were younger, on average, than the overall participant group (average age=28.30). Participants were almost evenly split between men and women." (p. 17)

Intervention Group

The study assessed the impact of receiving comprehensive support services or enrolling in a continuing education to credit pathway on educational outcomes. Comprehensive support services focused on the career, personal, and academic issues.

Comparison Group

Business as usual. The comparison group for each contrast was formed using PSM on the pool of NRC participants who did not receive each intervention.

Support for implementation

The NRC colleges participated in the Achieving the Dream, which is a non-governmental reform movement designed to promote for student success. This movement entails providing colleges with technical assistance around building pathways to success and any needed institutional change.

 

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