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The power of coaching: Interim report on the impact of Success Boston’s transition coaching on college success

Linkow, T., Gamse, B., Unlu, F., Bumgarner, E., Didriksen, H., Furey, J., Meneses, M., Sami, M., & Nichols, A. (2017). Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates. Retrieved from https://www.tbf.org/-/media/tbforg/files/reports/ sb-317-interim-outcomes-report-final.pdf

  • Quasi-Experimental Design
     examining 
    2,512
     Students
    , grades
    12-PS

Reviewed: September 2020

At least one finding shows moderate evidence of effectiveness
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards with reservations
Academic achievement outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
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ESSA
rating

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Success Boston Coaching vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
1,990 students

2.45

2.26

Yes

 
 
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Progressing in college outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
ESSA
rating

College persistence - enrolled in a second year of higher education

Success Boston Coaching vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
2,512 students

83.00

75.00

Yes

 
 
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College persistence - enrolled in a third year of higher education

Success Boston Coaching vs. Business as usual

1 Year

Full sample;
1,103 students

75.00

62.00

Yes

 
 
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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 15% English language learners

  • 85% Free or reduced price lunch

  • Female: 61%
    Male: 39%
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    Black
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    White
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    63%

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Setting

Success Boston Coaching was implemented in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area. Partners included The Boston Foundation, the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, the University of Massachusetts Boston, Bunker Hill Community College, other regional colleges and universities, uAspire, the Boston Private Industry Council, and other local nonprofit organizations. During the 2013–14 and 2014–15 academic years, students received coaching from seven nonprofit organizations: American Student Assistance, Boston Private Industry Council, Bottom Line, Freedom House, Hyde Square Task Force, Sociedad Latina, and West End House. A national nonprofit organization, uAspire, delivered financial aid advising to students and professional development for coaches. Students attended nine partner colleges: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Bridgewater State University, Bunker Hill Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Northeastern University, Roxbury Community College, Salem State University, Suffolk University, and University of Massachusetts Boston.

Study sample

The study sample was comprised of 42 percent African-American students, 38 percent Hispanic students, 12 percent Asian students, and eight percent White students. Sixty-one percent of the study sample was female, 15 percent were English learners, 10 percent had an Individualized Education Plan, and 85 percent received free or reduced price lunch.

Intervention Group

Students in Success Boston Coaching began receiving one-on-one coaching from experienced counselors starting as early as the end of high school and continuing through the first two years of college. Coaching was available on demand to help students navigate the college process while developing their sense of agency, autonomy, and independence. The coaching was designed to develop students' life, study, help-seeking, and academic skills and helped students hone their relationship, goal setting, and networking skills. Job and career mentoring were also provided. Coaching activities began after high school graduation for 92 percent of students.

Comparison Group

Students in the comparison group did not participate in Success Boston Coaching but were eligible to receive traditional counseling services while in high school and college.

Support for implementation

The Boston Foundation oversaw the Success Boston Coaching network that facilitates communication across the initiative. The network also provided coaches access to specialized training about financial aid from uAspire, a national nonprofit organization, as well as access to training on other topics.

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  • Linkow, T., Gamse, B., Unlu, F., Bumgarner, E., Didriksen, H., Furey, J., Meneses, M., Sami, M., & Nichols, A. (2017). The power of coaching: Highlights from the interim report on the impact of Success Boston’s transition coaching on college success. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.

  • Linkow, T., Dadisman, K. Gamse, B., Didriksen, H., Schwartz, G., Hillard, M., & Karuu, M. (2015). Degrees of coaching: Success Boston’s transition coaching model – Implementation of Success Boston Coaching 2014-15. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.

 

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