North Carolina

Report

Case Studies of How Urban School Systems Improve Student Achievement

September, 2002
Jason Snipes, Fred Doolittle, Corinne Herlihy

Some of the nation’s fastest improving urban school systems are raising overall academic performance while reducing achievement gaps among students of different racial groups. But instead of taking a school-by-school approach, they are tackling education reform on a district wide basis.

Report

Implementation and Early Lessons from the Dreamkeepers and Angel Fund Programs

February, 2007
Lande Ajose, Casey MacGregor, Leo Yan

The report describes early findings from MDRC’s evaluation of the Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Aid Program and the Angel Fund Program, two pilot programs for community college students who are at risk of dropping out because of unexpected financial crises.

Report

Design Principles for a Study on Teacher Incentives

February, 2006
Jason Snipes, Janet Quint, Shelley Rappaport, Lynne Steuerle Schofield

This paper, produced by MDRC and the Laboratory for Student Success at Temple University, describes design principles for a study about the use of incentives to recruit and retain high-quality teachers for underperforming schools.

Report

A Case Study of an Achieving the Dream College

September, 2009
Elizabeth Zachry Rutschow, Genevieve Orr

Achieving the Dream teaches community colleges to use student data to improve programming and student success. Since participating, Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina has become a data-driven, success-oriented institution and has seen promising trends in student achievement. This study offers lessons for other colleges undertaking similar institutional reform.

Report

Early Progress in the Achieving the Dream Initiative

May, 2007
Thomas Brock, Davis Jenkins, Todd Ellwein, Jennifer Miller Gaubert, Susan Gooden, Kasey Martin, Casey MacGregor, Michael Pih

Achieving the Dream is a multiyear, national initiative, launched by Lumina Foundation for Education, to help community college students stay in school and succeed. The 83 participating colleges commit to collecting and analyzing data to improve student outcomes, particularly for low-income students and students of color. This baseline report describes the early progress that the first 27 colleges have made after just one year of implementation.

Working Paper

Evidence from a Sample of Recent CET Applicants

September, 2005

This working paper examines employment and earnings over a four-year period for a group of disadvantaged out-of-school youth who entered the Evaluation of the Center for Employment Training (CET) Replication Sites between 1995 and 1999. It assesses the importance of three key factors as barriers to employment: lack of a high school diploma, having children, and having an arrest record.

Report

A Study of Adult Student Persistence in Library Literacy Programs

January, 2005
Kristin Porter, Sondra Cuban, John P. Comings

Library-based literacy programs face serious challenges to improving adult students’ participation. This study suggests programs should be prepared to accommodate intermittent participation by adult students and to connect students to social services and other supports.

Report

Studying Efforts to Increase Adult Learner Persistence in Library Literacy Programs

September, 2001
John P. Comings, Sondra Cuban, Johannes Bos, Catherine Taylor

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