Stay the Course

Project Type: Education

Project Stage: Completed

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 during the study, some were 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, the National Student Clearinghouse, and other sources. The program started as a demonstration pilot at one TCC campus, and has since expanded to all five campuses within the district. 

Project Partner(s): Melissa KearneyMarci Ybarra

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News coverage:

‘Stay the Course’ Program Keeps Students On The Path To Success, The University Network, 29 Jan 2018

‘Stay the Course’ proves it takes more than money, Star-Telegram, 25 Jan 2018

Community College Students Paired With Mentors Are Less Likely To Drop Out, KERA News, 23 Jan 2018

Notre Dame researchers work to decrease community college drop-outs, WVPE, 9 Jan 2018

Success in community college aided by comprehensive case management, study finds,, 9 Jan 2018

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.

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Catholic Charities Fort Worth

Non-profit Agencies

Tarrant County College

Educational Institutions