Evaluation of the Academy for College Excellence: Report on implementation and student outcomes
In recent years, an issue dominating debates about community college programs has been the need for remediation for entering students and the limited effectiveness of such programs in helping them succeed. Considerable effort has been expended in searching for programs or strategies that will ensure student success in persisting to degree completion. One model that has shown promise in a number of initial studies is the Academy for College Excellence (ACE), founded at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, in 2002. MPR Associates, Inc. (MPR) of Berkeley, California, is conducting an evaluation of the ACE model as it is implemented at community colleges within and outside of California, including Cabrillo College (Los Aptos, CA), Hartnell College (Salinas, CA), Los Medanos College (LMC) (Pittsburg, CA), Las Positas College (Livermore, CA), Berkeley City College (Berkeley, CA), and Delaware County Community College (Media, PA). Four of the six colleges contributed extensive quantitative data to this evaluation (Cabrillo, Hartnell, Los Medanos, and Berkeley City College). The other two colleges (Las Positas and Delaware County Community College), contributed data on the measure of psychosocial factors developed for this study as well as qualitative data collected during site visits. This report is the third in a series that will document the results of a longitudinal evaluation of the model.