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Our Impact

 

The College Crusade is a high performing, data-driven organization that is committed to monitoring the effectiveness of its college readiness and persistence programs through multiple measures.

2017 Annual Report Card

Our Annual Report Card describes how we are doing in our mission to increase educational and career success for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income urban communities.

Please explore the links below for more details about our impact.

Current Research

Evidence-Based Research: The Impact of the College Crusade GEAR UP Program in RI
A 2015 study by Paul Harrington and Neeta Fogg of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University. This article in the New England Journal of Higher Education reports on the initial results of CLMP’s quasi-experimental study, which shows the large positive effects our programs are having on high school graduation and college-going rates for Crusaders in relation to a carefully matched comparison group of their peers from urban schools. Quasi-experimental studies are considered the gold standard for evaluating educational programs.

Dosage Effects: Intensity of Participation and Educational Outcomes of RI Gear Up Program Participants
A 2016 study by Paul Harrington, Neeta Fogg, and Laura Kroll of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University. This paper reports on participation intensity in our programs and services among the 2007-08 sixth grade cohort of student and shows that it is closely and positively related to educational outcomes. Students with the most intensive participation in our programs and services were considerably more likely than those with less intensive participation to progress on time through each grade in middle and high school, graduate high school on time, and enroll in college upon graduating high school.

RI DataHUB

An Introduction to RI’s College Access and Persistence Programs
A datastory published by the RI DataHUB (ridatahub.org) reports on the positive effect that our state’s college access and persistence programs are having on college-going and retention rates of RI’s historically underserved students.

Recent Stories

  • Focus on Forensics

    Crime scene evidence. Fingerprints. Tire and shoe impressions. Blood typing and spatter patterns. Substance pH. Chromatography. Bone identification. Our 10-week hands-on Saturday program in Forensic Science teaches middle school students ...

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    April 7 was a big book day for Crusaders at our ReadMore literacy program. To start off the morning, Senator Jack Reed paid a visit to talk with them about ...

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    Attends: Paul Cuffee Middle School, grade 8. She just won: A 2018 ARTS Scholarship Award from the Providence Performing Arts Center for her self-portrait, below at left. How she made her ...

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    How long have you been on the planet? Why is your spaceship damaged? When did you realize someone was following you? To learn the answers to these questions, you had ...

  • Robots Rule

    Congrats to our Elite Machinez robotics team for competing in the 2018 statewide FIRST Tech Challenge, held at New England Tech on Saturday, Feb 3! Huge thanks to Brown University ...

  • Meet Our Families: Crystal, Hector & Gladys

    Crystal is only in eighth grade at Paul Cuffee School in Providence, but she already has big dreams of studying medicine. Her big sister, who is also a Crusader, is ...

  • Meet Our Families: Priscilla & Hever

    Priscilla is a seventh grader at the Learning Community in Central Falls and dreams of becoming a veterinarian. As part of the College Crusade's Wheeler Program this past summer, she ...