May 2016–July 2018
NAF partners with existing high schools in high-need communities to implement NAF academies–small learning communities offering STEM-infused, industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships. CCRC is working with NAF to conduct research on NAF students’ postsecondary outcomes, as well as students’ experiences in the transition from high school to college. CCRC will address the following research questions:
- What are the impacts of NAF academy participation on postsecondary outcomes in terms of college matriculation, remedial need, credit accumulation, college GPA, persistence, and credit completion?
- To what extent do NAF graduates take college courses or declare majors that are aligned with their NAF academy theme?
- How do NAF graduates perceive their experiences in the transition to college? Do they believe that participation in an NAF academy gave them a strong foundation for postsecondary success?