Two-Year Findings Show ASAP Replication in Ohio Doubled Graduation Rates
Ohio Study Reinforces Success and Scaling Potential for Innovative Strategies
The Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) initiative launched by the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2007 is helping students graduate faster and at more than twice the rate of their peers through a comprehensive array of student success interventions. Encouraged by the success of ASAP at CUNY, we funded a project in 2014 aimed at exploring whether it would be possible to replicate those impressive results in a different setting.
The replication took place at three community colleges in OhioCincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College. The program provided full time students with enhanced advising, tutoring, career services, a tuition gap waiver and financial incentives to be used at local gas and grocery store chains.
In December 2018, MDRC issued a brief with results from the first two years of the Ohio program. They found that participating students outperformed the control group in persistence, credit accumulation and completion: 19% of the test group earned a degree or credential after two years compared with 8% of the control group. The brief also breaks down the costs of the components of the programs and outlines next steps.
The report shows that the Ohio program reproduced the positive CUNY outcomes, reinforcing the idea that wraparound support can affect student success dramatically. This work complements other early intervention projects we fund, such as Strong Start to Finish, Early Indicators of Success, College Promise Success Initiative and the Multiple Measures Assessment. Read more.