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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.

2016 Annual Report Card
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

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Our third party evaluators at the Center for Labor Markets and Policy (CLMP) at Drexel University are conducting a longitudinal quasi-experimental study, which shows that, from the start of sixth grade in 2007, Crusaders are graduating from high school at 12% higher rates than their peers in the comparison group; 37% more went to college immediately in 2014, and 39% more were still in college in 2015.

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.

Using Research and Partnerships to Address College and Career Readiness
Whitepaper draft 5.1
A working draft whitepaper that describes our operational definition of college and career readiness, its characteristics and indicators, and our practices for preparing young people for success.

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

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