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Developing Best Practices for Postsecondary Education


  • How can we best help students complete their postsecondary programs?
  • We’re applying evidence standards to research on postsecondary interventions.
  • Abt will determine which approaches work best, and share the results with stakeholders.
The Challenge

Millions of students need to prepare for and stay in postsecondary educational programs. Numerous programs seek to help the students achieve their educational goals. There is research that evaluates these programs, but there has not been rigorous analysis of the research to determine what is valid and which programs work.  

The Approach

Abt is leading the What Works Clearinghouse Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation, and Evidence Reporting (WWC-PEPPER) project. Through this project, Abt applies evidence standards to research on postsecondary programs, practices and interventions. Abt also is developing products that clearly communicate our findings to postsecondary stakeholder audiences such as teachers, administrators, policymakers and researchers. 

The Results

WWC-PEPPER will enable Abt to provide clear guidance on effective interventions and strategies to help students prepare for--and succeed at--the postsecondary level. Readily accessible, credible evidence on approaches that work is important in the postsecondary field, which spans multiple systems, from middle school college prep programs through college and into job placement. Abt will help inform stakeholders as they look to adopt, develop, or scale up successful postsecondary interventions. Learn more.

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