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Author(s):Gardenhire-Crooks, A., Collado, H., and Ray, B
Title:A whole 'nother world: Students navigating community college
Short Description:MDRC’s Opening Doors Demonstration is measuring the effects of various combinations of curricular reforms, enhanced academic advising, and increased financial aid intended to increase the persistence and improve the academic achievement of students at six community colleges across the United States. This qualitative study, a complement to the Opening Doors impact evaluation, asked students about the factors that affect their ability to persist in community college.
Annotation:Each year thousands of young people begin their college careers in community colleges. The lower cost, more convenient location, and flexible admissions standards of community colleges make them an attractive educational alternative for many students, especially those from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds. Yet, persistence toward degrees among community college students is low. Family responsibilities, poor academic performance, and weak ties to faculty and other students get in the way of students’ educational aspirations. MDRC’s Opening Doors Demonstration is measuring the effects of various combinations of curricular reforms, enhanced academic advising, and increased financial aid intended to increase the persistence and improve the academic achievement of students at six community colleges across the United States. This qualitative study, a complement to the Opening Doors impact evaluation, asked students about the factors that affect their ability to persist in community college.
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Community Colleges
Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
Financial Aid
Non-traditional Students
Student Success

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