WWC review of this study

Making The Future: The Wisconsin Strategy.

Price, D., Sedlak, W., Roberts, B., & Childress, L. (2016). Indianapolis, Indiana: DVP-PRAXIS LTD, Philadelphia, PA: Equal Measure, and Chevy Chase, MD: Brandon Roberts and Associates.

  • Quasi-Experimental Design
     examining 
    6,300
     Students
    , grade
    PS

Reviewed: December 2019

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
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

Community college credit accumulation

Making the Future consortium vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
6,296 students

25.82

22.21

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

credential attainment rate

Making the Future consortium vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
6,300 students

46.99

30.00

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: 6%
    Male: 94%

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  • Race
    Black
    8%
    White
    82%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic    
    7%

Setting

The study focuses on implementation of a TAACCCT Round 2 grant in sixteen technical college districts (49 campuses) serving every urban and rural community in Wisconsin.

Study sample

The sample was mostly White (82%) and male (94%) with some Black (8%) and Hispanic (7%) participants. About one-third (34%) received a Pell grant during their first term in the sample. About half had earned a high school diploma prior to program entry, and about 10% had earned a GED. In the overall treatment group, one-quarter of the students enrolled in an adult basic education class, while nearly one-third (31%) enrolled in developmental education. The average age was 27.

Intervention Group

The intervention, Making the Future, is a TAACCCT Round 2 consortium grant to develop, improve and expand career pathways, or more formally, stacked and latticed pathway programs, in advanced manufacturing. The program was meant to facilitate students' ability to earn short-term credentials, which typically can be earned in less than one year, and "stack" toward one-year and two-year technical diplomas. In some cases these diplomas were Associate’s degrees. The intervention included stacked and latticed manufacturing programs in welding (11 programs, 62% of treatment group participants), machine tool and computer numerical control (CNC - i.e., for 3D printing; 10 programs, 36% of treatment group participants), and industrial maintenance (2 programs, less than 10% of treatment group participants). Thirteen of the 16 community college districts offered at least one stacked and latticed pathway program.

Comparison Group

This study created a comparison group from administrative data. These data were collected from students attending manufacturing programs at the consortium technical colleges that were not supported by the TAACCCT grant.

Support for implementation

Credential offerings and student services were developed in consultation with area employers and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. College advising, counseling, and tutoring services were modified by grant-funded staff.

 

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