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Promoting Persistence in Community College Students


Highlights

  • How can community college students prepare for college-level course work?
  • Competition assesses technologies that help community college students earn degrees
  • Abt will identify approaches to help students earn their degrees
The Challenge

To help community college students obtain the skills required to earn their degrees, the Robin Hood Foundation—New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization—designed the Robin Hood College Success Prize. The goal of the competition is to find scalable technology solutions that will help increase the graduation rates—and thus the future earning potential—for underprepared community college students. 

The Approach

The competition’s rewards up to three developers of technologies—such as smartphone apps, computer applications, and web-based tools—that help community college students persist and earn their degrees. Using a randomized controlled trial, Abt is comparing the effects of three different tech interventions at the City University of New York (CUNY) over a three-year period.

The Results

Abt’s evaluation of submissions will help identify promising approaches to help students who become discouraged and fail to complete their degrees.