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Author(s):Bailey, T., and Alfonso, M
Title:Paths to persistence: An analysis of research on program effectiveness at community colleges
Short Description:Analyzes the state of research on the effectiveness of community colleges in increasing student persistence and degree completion.
Annotation:This report analyzes the state of research on the effectiveness of community colleges in increasing student persistence and degree completion, focusing on: advising, counseling, mentoring and orientation programs, learning centers, developmental education and services for under-prepared students, and college-wide reform. Effective institutional practices, and areas for future research are identified, recommendations are made for improving research.
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Accountability and Productivity (Postsecondary)
Community Colleges
Developmental Education/Remediation
Evidence-based Interventions/Promising Practices

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The first year of high school
Aligning competencies to rigorous standards for off-track youth: A case study of Boston Day and Evening Academy
The role of community-based organizations in the college access and success movement
Collegiate remediation: A review of the causes and consequences
States need to fill in the gaps on expanded learning time: Troubling lack of detail seen in No Child Left Behind waiver applications
Diverse charter schools: Can racial and socioeconomic integration promote better outcomes for students?
Finding your workforce: The top 25 institutions graduating Latinos in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by academic level 2009-2010
Where to begin? The evolving role of placement exams for students starting college
Broadening the benefits of dual enrollment: Reaching underachieving and underrepresented students with career-focused programs
Measuring nontraditional student success: An imperative for colleges and universities
Leaders & laggards: A state-by-state report card on public postsecondary education
Increasing college and career readiness through dual enrollment: Research, policies, and effective practices
Using No Child Left Behind waivers to improve english language learner education
Common measures for college access and success
"I came in unsure of everything": Community college shifts in students' confidence
The impact of time between cognitive tests on performance: Evidence from Advanced Placement exams
"They never told me what to expect, so I didn't know what to do": Defining and clarifying the role of a community college student
Sustaining service learning in your school: Staying the course
Taking college courses in high school: A strategy for college readiness
College 101 courses for applied learning and student success
Structure in community college career-technical programs: A qualitative analysis
Using incentives to change how teenagers spend their time: The effects of New York City's conditional cash transfer program
Middle skills jobs and the growing importance of postsecondary education
Staying in school: A proposal to raise high school graduation rates
Overcoming the poverty challenge to enable college and career readiness for all: The crucial role of student supports
Educational attainment of foster youth: Achievement and graduation outcomes for children in state care
From soldier to student II: Assessing campus programs for veterans and service members
The role of student learning outcomes for institutional accountability and transparency
No child left behind waivers: Promising ideas from second round applications
For profit higher education: The failure to safeguard the federal investment and ensure student success
What Works Clearinghouse review of the report "The effects of student coaching in college: An evaluation of a randomized experiment in student mentoring"
Using assessment results: Promising practices of institutions that do it well
Rethinking remedial education: The role of MSIs in serving underreprepared students in the 21st century
Forging new pathways: The impact of the breaking through initiative in michigan
Learning from the past: Drawing on California's CLAS experience to inform assessment of the Common Core
Completing college: A national view of student attainment rates
What works for Latino student success in higher education: 2012 Compendium, profiles of selected programs
Black male student athletes and racial inequities in NCAA division I college sports
College and career readiness: A quick stats fact sheet
Lifting Latinos up by their 'rootstraps': Moving beyond trauma through a healing-informed framework for Latino boys and men
Race to the top: What have we learned from the states so far? A state-by-state evaluation of Race to the Top performance
Building a grad nation: Progress and challenge in ending the high school dropout epidemic (2012 Update)
Taking action for America: A CEO plan for jobs and economic growth: A skilled, prepared workforce
Work-integrated learning and career-ready students: Examining the evidence
Bullying and open enrollment
SREB: State data exchange report: 42 Years and still counting: 2010-11 Indicators report
The role of Pell Grants in access, persistence and completion
The role of minority-serving institutions in redefining and improving developmental education
The roll of Pell grants in access, persistence and completion
Increasing opportunities for immigrant students: Community college strategies for success
Remediation: Higher education's bridge to nowhere
Make me a match: Helping low-income and first generation students make good college choices
It's a matter of time: Low-income students and community colleges
On her majesty's school inspection service
Professional college knowledge: Re-envisioning how we prepare our college readiness workforce
Dropping out of high school: Prevalence, risk factors, and remediation strategies
Increasing online learning options for K-12 students: The role of school districts
Washington state student achivement initiative: Achievement points analysis for academic years 2007-2011
Certificates: Gateway to gainful employment and college degrees
Stopped short: 2.1 Million adults in Florida went to college but didn't finish
The (un)productivity of American higher education: From cost "dis-ease"to cost effectiveness
Benefitting whom? For-profit education companies and the growth of military educational benefits
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Student progression through developmental sequences in community colleges
Grading higher education: Giving consumers the information they need
Filling in the blanks: How information can affect choice in higher education
The US STEM education model (simulation)
A new vision to increase the academic achievement for English language learners and immigrant students
Closing the gap between high school and college
Fully online programs in K-12: A snapshot of effective practices at virtual high schools
Turning the tide: Five years of Achieving the Dream in community colleges
Illinois adult education bridge evaluation: Technical report
Return on educational investment: A district-by-district evaluation of U.S. educational productivity
The impact of enhancing students' social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions
After the bell: What do we want our afterschool programs to do?
All accounted for: What do we want out of our afterschool & summer school programs?
We dream a world: The 2025 vision for black men and boys
An analysis of inquiry, nonstart and drop reasons in nontraditional university student populations
Degrees for what jobs? Raising expectations for colleges and universities in a global economy
The College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) program
Unconventional wisdom: A profile of the graduates of early college high school
ESEA Briefing Book
Charter schools that work: Economically integrated schools with teacher voice
Cross-system collaboration for reconnecting youth
From access to success: A funder's guide to ensuring more Americans earn postsecondary degrees
A sharper focus on technical workers: How to educate and train for the global economy
Big gaps, small gaps: Some colleges and universities do better than others in graduating African-American students
Big gaps, small gaps: Some colleges and universities do better than others in graduating Hispanic students
What impacts student success in college persistence and completion?
Dual enrollment: Postsecondary/secondary partnerships to prepare students
Ensuring youth transitioning from foster care are connected by 25: Lessons learned from the foster care work group
Schools, families, and Response to Intervention:
Making the transition: Interim results of the National Guard Youth Challenge Evaluation
Working with teachers to develop fair and reliable measures of effective teaching
How increasing college access is increasing inequality, and what to do about it
The return on the federal investment in for-profit education: Debt without a diploma
Putting data into practice: Lessons from New York City
California community college transfer rates: Who is counted makes a difference
Finishing the first lap: The cost of first-year student attrition in America's four-year colleges and universities
Gaining ground: High schools closing the achievement gap
The impact of Pell grants on academic outcomes for low-income California community college students
An employment training and job placement program for foster youth making the transition to adulthood in Cook County, Illinois
Does extending foster care beyond age 18 promote postsecondary educational attainment?
Engaging diverse viewpoints: What is the campus climate for perspective taking?
College graduation rates: Behind the numbers
Designing common assessments to be measures of college and career readiness: Challenges and opportunities
Changing the conversation about productivity: Strategies for engaging faculty and institutional leaders
Four steps to finishing first: An agenda for increasing college productivity to create a better educated society
Think College Indiana!
Incentives for early graduation: How can state policies encourage students to complete high school in less than four years
IES What Works Clearinghouse: Find what works
Measuring the education pipeline: Critical data elements indicating readiness, transition and success
Putting it all together: Supporting continuous improvement in education through strategic use of data systems
Helping students get back on track: What federal policymakers can learn from New York City's multiple pathways to graduation initiative
The College Match Program
Some states still leave low-income students behind; Others make surprising gains
Linking costs and postsecondary degrees: Key issues for policymakers
The effect of perceived parental involvement and the use of growth-fostering relationships on self-concept in adolescents participating in GEAR UP
Best practices in social media: Summary of findings from the second comprehensive study of social media use by schools, colleges, and universities
Stuck schools revisited: Beneath the averages
What new faculty need to know about assessment
Catalyst for completion: Performance-based funding in higher education: A case study of three states
Forward thinking teens: The effects of college costs on adolescent risky behavior
Institutional variation in credential completion: Evidence from Washington State Community and Technical colleges
Achieving the Dream Data Notes: Characteristics of credential completers
How four-year colleges and universities organize themselves to promote student persistence: The emerging national picture
Teachers are the center of education: Mentoring, teaching and improving student learning
National Coalition for College Completion
Improving college performance and retention the easy way: Unpacking the ACT exam
2011 National survey of school counselors: School counseling at a crossroads
Emotional and behavioral disorders: Promoting prevention and positive interventions in school settings
Providing effective financial aid assistance to students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth: A key to higher education access and success: Version 2.0
National postsecondary enrollment trends: Before, during, and after the great recession
Designing high quality evaluation systems for high school teachers: Challenges sand potential solutions
Still on the sidelines: What role will higher education trustees play in higher education reform?
The for-profit postsecondary school sector: Nimble critters or agile predators?
Including more student voices in higher education policymaking: Rising tuitions and student debts mean rising stakes for college students
Time is the enemy: The surprising truth about why today's college students aren't graduating... And what needs to change
Smart money: Informing higher education philanthropy
Digital learning and technology: Federal policy recommendations to seize the opportunity-and promising practices that inspire them
Assessing deeper learning
Early warning indicator systems
A state policymaker's guide to expanding learning time
A community college instructor like me: Race and ethnicity interactions in the classroom
High school longitudinal study of 2009: A first look at fall 2009 ninth-graders parents', teachers, school counselors, and school administrators
P21 common core toolkit: A guide to aligning the common core state standards with the framework for 21st century skills
The relevance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the college completion agenda
Getting ready for college: An implementation and early impacts study of eight Texas developmental summer bridge programs
Summer snapshot: Exploring the impact of higher achievement's year-round out-of-school time program on summer learning
Suggested practices to improve educational outcomes of children living in foster care: Recommendations for school districts
Ensuring college success: Scaffolding experiences for students and faculty in an early college high school
UpwardBound Math-Science: STEM education that works
Test drive: Six states pilot better ways to measure and compare community college performance
Achieving the Dream Data Notes: Outcome differences by developmental status and gender
Achieving the Dream Data Notes: Students earning zero credits
The community college transfer calculator: Identifying the course-taking patterns that predict transfer to a four-year institution
Building a better bridge: Helping young adults enter and succeed in college
Strategic designs: Lessons from leading edge small urban high schools
The early assessment program: Helping high school students meet college expectations in mathematics and English
Accelerating Latino success at Texas border institutions: Possibilities and challenges
The other college: Retention and completion rates among two-year college students
Cultivating generative connections, commitment, and engagement among campus constituencies: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Aligning multiple campus initiatives: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Collecting survey data for assessment: A practice brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Big ideas dropout prevention strategies: Check and Connect
Dropout risk factors and exemplary programs: A technical report
Department of Upward Bound programs: Strategic plan
GEAR UP Resources Clearinghouse Homepage
National study of student support services. Third-year longitudinal study results and program implementation study update
Enhancing student services at Lorain County Community College: Early results from the Opening the Doors demonstration in Ohio
Enhancing student services at Owens Community College: Early results from the Opening Doors demonstration in Ohio
Getting students to meet challenging academic and career goals: Involving school mentors, parents, and community leaders
Reaching higher college completion (working paper)
Overcoming obstacles, optimizing opportunities: State policies to increase postsecondary attainment for low-skilled adults
Beating the odds: The real challenges behind the math achievement gap - and what high-achieving schools can teach us about how to close it
Enrollment status and outcomes
Standardization vs. flexibility: State policy options on placement testing for developmental education in community colleges
Establishing an effective guidance and advisement system
A science-based framework for early childhood policy
What works for Latino students
Institutional practices and student persistence: Extending the empirical record
Addressing America's dropout challenge: State efforts to boost graduation rates require federal support
Opening Doors project publications
Building a culture of evidence for community college student success: Early progress in the Achieving the Dream initiative
Student success in college: Puzzle, pipeline, or pathway?
Using rigorous evidence to improve policy and practice
Experiences that matter: Enhancing student learning and success
Emerging evidence on improving high school graduation and improvement rates: The effects of four popular improvement programs
A whole 'nother world: Students navigating community college
Returning to learning: Adults' success in college is key to America's future
Lumina Foundation focus: Refuse to lose: Today’s colleges and universities must work to foster student success
The school to college transition: Challenges and prospects
Student success: Understanding graduation and persistence rates
Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE)
Does implementing a research based school counseling curriculum enhance student achievement
What are the expected benefits associated with implementing a comprehensive guidance program
Part II: Institutional strategies, strategies to increase student success
A new core curriculum for all: Aiming high for other peoples' children
State high school exit exams: A maturing reform
Paying for persistence: Early results of a Louisiana scholarship program for low-income parents attending community college
Immigrant students and secondary school reform: Compendium of best practices
Unfinished business: More measured approaches in standards-based reform
Child, adolescent, family intervention science initiative (CAFISI)
Best evidence encyclopedia: Center for data-driven reform in education
Learning to finish: A best practices "Wiki" sponsored by the Pew Partnership
From college access to college success: College preparation and persistence of BPS graduates
Making opportunity affordable: Reinvesting in college access and success
Opening doors: Promoting student success in community college and beyond
Work-based learning in California: Opportunities and models for expansion
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Using the right data to determine if high school interventions are working to prepare students for college and careers
New York City's Strategy for Improving High Schools: An Overview
Transition and alignment: Two keys to assuring student success
Revving the education engine: Effectively aligning education, workforce, and economic development policy
Stuck schools: A framework for identifying schools where students need change--now!
Expanding access and opportunity: The impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars program (2010 Update)
Postsecondary preparation and remediation: Examining the effect of the early assessment program at California State University
High school career academies: A 40-year proven model for improving college and career readiness
This school works for me: Creating choices to boost student achievement: A guide for data analysts
15 Effective strategies for dropout prevention
Preventing future high school dropouts: An advocacy and action guide for NEA state and local affiliates
The role of parents in dropout prevention: Strategies that promote graduation and school achievement
Turning community college drop-outs into graduates
Response to Intervention (RTI): A primer for parents
Response to Intervention: The future for secondary schools
Altered state: How the Virginia community college system has used Achieving the Dream to improve student success
Keeping the promise of change in California's lowest performing schools
Improving education and employment for disadvantaged young men: Proven and promising strategies
PERSIST (Guide to improve higher education persistence, retention, and success)
Good data. Better policy. Stronger commitment. Improved outcomes.
Effective teaching: A key to success for all high school students
A national study of institutional policies for the evaluation of transfer applicants
Connected by 25: Effective policy solutions for vulnerable youth
Cost perceptions and college-going for low-income students
Why have college completion rates declined? An analysis of changing student preparation and collegiate resources
Achieving the Dream Equity Resource Center
Measuring student achievement at postsecondary institutions
It's about time: Temporal dimensions of college preparation programs
The promise of proficiency: How college proficiency information can help high schools drive student success
Calculating cost-return for investments in students success
Linking secondary and postsecondary systems: Lessons from Indiana
Georgia Graduation Coach Initiative
Benchmarking the success of Latina and Latino students in STEM to achieve national graduation goals
Providing effective financial aid assistance to students from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth
A family affair: The impact of paying for college or university
The Millennium Bursary in British Columbia: Exploring its impact: Summary report (2004)
Raising rigor, getting results: Lessons learned from AP expansion
Reengaging high school dropouts: Early results of the national guard youth challenge program evaluation
Are student employment and academic success linked?
Finding a way: Practical examples of how a principal-counselor relationship can lead to success for all students
Race to the top: Promising approaches to assisting the lowest-performing schools
Improving academic preparation for college: What we know and how state and federal policy can help
Lessons from Achieving the Dream for federal efforts to improve college completion rates
Student Success Skills: Tools and strategies for improved academic and social outcomes
When Johnny (or Janelle) comes marching home: National, state, and institutional efforts in support of veterans' education
Getting back on track: Effects of a community college program for probationary students
Setting up success in developmental education: How state policy can help community colleges improve student success outcomes
Non-traditional student success in public two-year colleges
Imagine success: Engaging entering students
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Gaining support from campus leaders: A project brief based on BEAMS project outcomes
Do increases in Pell and other grant awards increase college-going among lower income high school graduates? Evidence from a 'natural experiment'
Collaborative for acadmic, social, and emotional learning (CASEL)