Teachers College, Columbia University

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Early Outcomes of Texas Community College Students Enrolled in Dana Center Mathematics Pathways Prerequisite Developmental Courses

This study examines whether students participating in Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) developmental courses enroll in and pass college-level math courses at higher rates than students who take traditional developmental math courses. It employs regression analysis controlling for student characteristics using student-level data compiled by the state from the more than 20 Texas community colleges that implemented the DCMP model in 2015 and 2016.

MARCH 2019

Performance Standards in Need-Based Student Aid

This paper illustrates student responses to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as well as the tradeoffs faced by a social planner weighing whether to set performance standards in the context of need-based aid.

APRIL 2018

Ease of Access and Usefulness of Transfer Information on Community College Websites in Texas

In this paper, the authors review college websites, assessing the ease of access and usefulness of online transfer information using a qualitative case study approach to triangulate findings from their data sources.

MARCH 2017

Performance Requirements in Need-Based Aid: What Roles Do They Serve, and Do They Work?

Based on recent CAPSEE studies in two states, this brief discusses the motivations for satisfactory academic progress requirements for federal aid, examines how community college students are affected, and assesses the implications for program efficiency and equity.


Policy Levers to Strengthen Community College Transfer Student Success in Texas

Based on three sets of analyses, this report to the Greater Texas Foundation recommends ways that state policy could help to improve outcomes for community college transfer students in Texas.


Nonpecuniary Returns to Postsecondary Education: Examining Early Non-Wage Labor Market Outcomes Among College-Goers in the United States

Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, this CAPSEE working paper examines nonpecuniary labor market outcomes associated with different levels of postsecondary educational attainment.


Pell Grants as Performance-Based Aid? An Examination of Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements in the Nation's Largest Need-Based Aid Program

This CAPSEE working paper examines the prevalence and consequences of Pell Grant recipients’ failure to meet the standards for satisfactory academic progress required for grant renewal.


On Second Chances and Stratification: How Sociologists Think About Community Colleges

This article provides an overview of sociology’s approach to understanding community colleges. It describes sociological theories and their contributions to the field, and discusses recent debates on community colleges.