Researchers Study Ways to Retain Students

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a program with community college students found those who receive mentorship support had a greater chance of completing an associates degree than those who didn’t.

For the ‘Stay the Course’ program Notre Dame partnered with Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, Texas to pair students with social workers to address the underlying causes of drop-outs.

Three randomly assigned groups of low-income, at-risk students received either emergency financial assistance and mentorship support from a social worker, only the money or were in a control group which got neither.

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