Stay the Course
Project Type: Education
Project Stage: In Progress
The Stay the Course program was designed through a collaboration between Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) and Tarrant County College (TCC) to address the personal, non-academic, social, and institutional barriers to success for low-income students in college. The program has two key components: full-service, wrap-around case management and access to emergency financial assistance. Eligible students are invited to express interest in the program. CCFW only has the capacity to serve a portion of the eligible students who express interest. Of those who express interest, some are randomly assigned into the program, based on available openings, and others into a control group. The LEO evaluation helps partners understand the impact of the Stay the Course program on outcomes such as college persistence and completion using data from TCC and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), among other sources. This program has expanded from a pilot at one campus to a larger demonstration project at two campuses.
News coverage of the Stay the Course Program.
Bring it on: A Provider, A Researcher, and A New Way of Improving Lives Policy and Practice Magazine. American Public Human Services Association. August 2017.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Tarrant County College