Ohio boosts grad rates
The Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) has been successful in
increasing graduation rates for students at participating New York City community
colleges, and now the program is finding success in Ohio.
Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College and
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in 2014 adapted the CUNY-developed ASAP to address their low-income students’ needs. Two-year results
from an evaluation by the research firm MDRC indicate that the Ohio programs
boosted semester-to-semester persistence and credit accumulation. Graduation
rates have more than doubled (from 7. 9 percent to 19. 1 percent).
ASAP requires that students attend full time and that colleges provide an array
of supports to students, including enhanced advising, block-scheduled first-year
courses, tutoring, career services and a tuition gap waiver that covers any need
between a student’s financial aid and tuition and fees.
“The successful adaptation of the City University of New York’s ASAP program
Closing the gaps
in Ohio is remarkable because it shows that the model can achieve great results in
new contexts and with different types of students,” MDRC President Gordon Berlin
said in a news release. “It also speaks to the strength of the original program.”
Read the full MDRC report: bit.ly/2LmNg3Z
A new initiative in Nashville, Tennessee, will build on the Tennessee
Promise program, providing students with supports beyond free
tuition. Nashville GRAD: Getting Results by Advancing Degrees will
offer comprehensive support to eligible students through financial
assistance, personalized individual mentorship, academic and career
advising, and by fostering a strong cohort environment.
Beginning in fall 2019, Nashville GRAD will be implemented
through a financial assistance fund that will include an annual
financial commitment from Metro Government and, when fully
implemented, will serve more than 3,000 students each year.
The goal is to increase the number of students graduating from
Nashville State Community College in three years to at least 50 percent and increase Tennessee College of Applied Technology industry
certifications to 66 percent by 2023.
help students rock
Ten community colleges from across the country
received $100,000 to support more than 1,000 students training to enter the American workforce.
The funding comes from Metallica’s All Within
My Hands Foundation (AWMH) as part of a
major workforce education initiative to enhance
career and technical education programs. The
students supported by this initiative will become
the first cohort of Metallica Scholars.
Partnering with the American Association
of Community Colleges (AACC), the Metallica
Scholars awards were selected via a competitive
application process and are designed to provide
support of relevant job skill training for community college students, reinvest in communities that supported Metallica during its recent
United States tours and leverage the influence of
Metallica to elevate the importance of career and
“Colleges across the country provide pathways to well-paying jobs through programs,
services and training that lead to in-demand
skills, certificates and degrees for students,”
AACC President and CEO Walter Bumphus
said. “For Metallica to see the benefit of these
programs and invest in the communities that
have supported them is a testament to the power
of education and we are proud to do this work
word about SNAP
Nearly 60 percent of low-income college students who could
be eligible for help through a $68 billion federal Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program don’t participate in it, according to
a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Typically,
these students didn’t know they may be eligible, and in some
instances school officials did not know enough details about
SNAP to refer students to the program.
The report includes a look at 14 colleges—including seven two-year colleges—and how they addressed food insecurity among their
students. Several have started to centralize and coordinate student
services and access to benefits. Some use a case-management
approach to better collaborate across departments and more efficiently address students’ basic needs. Read the report: bit.ly/2FmBqFK