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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.

Tenth Annual Report Card / 2017

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

  • We Go to the Dolphin Program

    Ten lucky high school Crusaders got to spend five days at the Block Island Maritime Institute’s Dolphin Program in July. They learned about Block Island ecology, Great Salt Pond water ...

  • Class of 2017 Commencement Celebration Video

    https://vimeo.com/225425152 Crusaders and their families gathered on Wednesday, May 31, for our 2017 College Crusade Commencement celebration. They were treated to three great speeches! The Class of 2017 Address was given ...

  • Congrats to Our 2017 Valedictorians!

    Linmary DaRosa ’17 Valedictorian at Central Falls High School (At left with her advisor Marlene Martinez and Neliza Centeio) College Crusade advisor Marlene Martinez says: Three adjectives that best describe Linmary are determined, goal-oriented, ...

  • Celebrating Our 2017 Salutatorians!

    Michael Kodua ’17 Salutatorian at Shea High School (Above with Shea music teacher Anne Lagace) College Crusade advisor Michael Neal says: If I were to describe Michael in 3 words, I would say he ...

  • We Thank You for Your Support

    The College Crusade is truly grateful to The Rhode Island Foundation for a $150,000 grant to support our operational needs, which is critical to maintaining the quality and scope of ...

  • Inclined Planes! Kinetic Energy! Physics!

    Dozens of middle school Crusaders and their families participated in our special Family STEM Nights in May. Using simple materials like pegboard, pipe cleaners, plastic cups, tape, and marbles, they ...

  • Alums to Crusaders: You Can Do It

    The big takeaway for over a hundred high school Crusaders who attended our fifth-annual Crusade Alumni Career Fair on Saturday, May 6 – Even if it’s hard, don’t give up. ...