• MDRC Publications


      Promising Approaches and Next Steps

      December, 2016
      Alissa Gardenhire, Oscar Cerna

      A significant gap in the rates of college degree attainment persists between men of color and their white counterparts. This brief catalogues strategies commonly used in interventions at postsecondary educational institutions aimed at improving outcomes for male students of color and charts the way forward for future evaluative work.


      Interim Findings from an Evaluation of a Computer-Assisted, Modular Approach to Developmental Math

      June, 2016

      ModMath is a set of computer-assisted, modular courses that allow developmental (remedial) math students in community college to earn credits incrementally and move through the curriculum at their own pace. It was well implemented, and after one semester its students were closer to completing developmental math than a control group.


      Performance-Based Scholarships, Student Services, and Developmental Math at Hillsborough Community College

      October, 2014
      Colleen Sommo, Melissa Boynton, Herbert Collado, John Diamond, Alissa Gardenhire, Alyssa Ratledge, Timothy Rudd, Michael J. Weiss

      This program provides an incentive for developmental math students to take their math courses early and consecutively, get help in an on-campus Math Lab, and strive for passing grades or better, in exchange for a modest performance-based scholarship. Compared with standard services, the program’s effects are modest but positive.


      Progress and Challenges During the First Year of the Achieving the Dream Developmental Education Initiative

      May, 2011
      Janet Quint, D. Crystal Byndloss, Herbert Collado, Alissa Gardenhire, Asya Magazinnik, Genevieve Orr, Rashida Welbeck, Shanna S. Jaggars

      This report examines the Achieving the Dream Developmental Education Initiative, an effort to expand promising developmental education interventions in 15 community colleges. During the 2009-2010 academic year, the colleges made progress and encountered challenges in implementing reform strategies in four key areas: changes in curriculum and instruction, academic and student supports, institutionwide policy changes, and precollege interventions.


      Men of Color Discuss Their Experiences in Community College

      March, 2010
      Alissa Gardenhire, Herbert Collado, Kasey Martin, Alma Castro

      This report takes an in-depth look at the perceptions and experiences of 87 African-American, Hispanic, and Native American men who were enrolled in developmental math courses at four community colleges. The study explores how the students’ experiences in their high schools and communities, as well as their identities as men of color, influenced their decision to go to college and their engagement in school.


      Early Results of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program Evaluation

      February, 2009
      Dan Bloom, Alissa Gardenhire, Conrad Mandsager

      Very early results from a random assignment evaluation of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, an intensive, “quasi-military” residential program for high school dropouts, show that the program has large impacts on high school diploma and GED attainment and positive effects on working, college-going, health, self-efficacy, and avoiding arrest.


      Students Navigating Community College

      July, 2006
      Alissa Gardenhire, Herbert Collado, Barbara Ray

      For this study, MDRC interviewed students at two colleges that are part of the Opening Doors Demonstration, a program to help community college students remain in school and succeed. The students spoke about their experiences on and off campus and the factors that help or hinder their progress in school.


      Lessons from the Jobs-Plus Demonstration

      July, 2004
      Alissa Gardenhire

      This report examines how public housing authorities in six cities implemented one of the most innovative features of the Jobs-Plus demonstration: using incentives plans to keep rents lower than they would have been under existing rules as a way to encourage and reward work among public housing residents.

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