Louisiana

Report

A Relationship Skills Education Program for Unmarried Parents

November, 2012
Robert G. Wood, Quinn Moore, Andrew Clarkwest, Alexandra Killewald, Shannon Monahan

The Building Strong Families evaluation assessed the effects of eight programs offering a similar model of healthy relationship skills and support services to interested low-income unmarried parents around the time of the birth of a child. This report presents final results from data collected 36 months after couples enrolled in the study.

Report
September, 2009

This report presents two-year implementation and impact findings on two supplemental academic instruction approaches developed for after-school settings – one for math and one for reading. It addresses whether one-year impacts are different in the second year of program operations and whether students benefit from being offered two years of enhanced after-school academic instruction.

Report

Findings After the First Year of Implementation

June, 2008

This report presents one-year implementation and impact findings on two supplemental academic instruction approaches developed for after-school settings — one for math and one for reading. Compared with regular after-school programming, the supplemental math program had impacts on student SAT 10 test scores and the supplemental reading program did not — although the reading program had some effect on reading fluency.

Report

Services That May Help Low-Income Students Succeed in Community College

November, 2004
Rogéair Purnell, Susan Blank

Community colleges can pursue many strategies for enhancing student services, including offering “one-stop shopping,” which provides students with multiple services at the same time and place.

Report

Effects of a Performance-Based Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents

January, 2009
Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Thomas Brock, Allen J. LeBlanc, Christina Paxson, Cecilia Elena Rouse, Lisa Barrow

This report describes the impacts of a performance-based scholarship program with a counseling component on academic success and persistence among low-income parents. Students who participated in the program, which was operated at two New Orleans-area colleges as part of MDRC’s multisite Opening Doors demonstration, were more likely to stay in school, get higher grades, and earn more credits.

Report

The Opening Doors Demonstration

June, 2005
Thomas Brock, Allen J. LeBlanc

The Opening Doors Demonstration is designed to show how community colleges can help more low-income students remain in school and improve other outcomes, including degree attainment, labor market success, and personal and social well-being.

Testimony
October, 2011
Reshma Patel, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes

This brief summarizes results from performance-based scholarship programs in Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio. These scholarships can move the dial on important markers of academic success for students, including credits attempted and earned and rates of full-time enrollment.

Report

Early Results of a Louisiana Scholarship Program for Low-Income Parents Attending Community College

May, 2006
Thomas Brock, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes

Funded by state welfare dollars, two community colleges in the New Orleans area offered performance-based scholarships and enhanced counseling to low-income parents, as part of MDRC’s Opening Doors demonstration. These early findings show the program had significant positive effects on academic achievement and rates of retention.

Brief

An Introduction to the Performance-Based Scholarship Demonstration

October, 2009
Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Paulette Cha, Monica Cuevas, Amanda Grossman, Reshma Patel, Colleen Sommo

This policy brief describes a demonstration launched by MDRC in four states in 2008 to evaluate whether performance-based scholarships — paid contingent on attaining academic benchmarks — are an effective way to improve persistence and academic success among low-income college students. The demonstration builds on positive results from an earlier MDRC study in Louisiana.

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