Domestic Public Policy

Making Community Colleges More Effective: Lessons from Nearly Two Decades of MDRC’s Higher Education RCTs

Grant Year: 2020


Michael Weiss will lead an effort to identify how community colleges can best help students from disadvantaged backgrounds earn a degree and get onto a path toward upward mobility. He will analyze data from more than twenty randomized controlled trials that MDRC has undertaken at more than fifty colleges across the country to explore which features offered by those institutions, such as enhanced tutoring, enhanced advising, curriculum reforms, or financial support, lead to better outcomes for students. The project’s findings will be presented in a report and a series of policy briefs.

MDRC Domestic Public Policy

$210,000