Three of CUNY’s six community colleges are participating in the evaluation:
- Borough of Manhattan Community College
- Kingsborough Community College
- LaGuardia Community College
For the study, eligible students at the three colleges were randomly assigned either to a program group, whose members are eligible for ASAP, or to a comparison group, whose members receive standard college courses and services. MDRC is comparing the average outcomes of the two research groups to determine the effects of ASAP. Key outcomes of interest include progress through developmental education, credit accumulation, semester-to-semester retention, transfer to four-year institutions, and, of course, graduation. The evaluation will track students’ outcomes for three years after random assignment. The evaluation will also include a study of the implementation of ASAP. Early results, presented in a report published in 2012, are very promising.