A new report that examined the impact of the City University of New York (CUNY) “Start” program has found that it’s working. Start offers an inexpensive replacement for students who would normally enter remedial college courses to build their math, reading and writing skills. Instead of taking those classes and draining their financial aid for non-credit courses, students delay their college entry for a semester, attend the $75 Start program and get an intensive push in those areas, along with advising, tutoring and weekly help in developing their study skills.
CUNY is working with social policy researcher MDRC and the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College to assess the effectiveness of the Start program. The work is being supported by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences.