United States Education at a Glance 2019: Where Do We Stand in the World?

Title: Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)

Source: Institute of Education Sciences. U.S. Department of Education.

Author: What Works Clearinghouse and Abt Associates.

The Institute of Education Sciences has released a new report on Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and their impact on community college students.

ASAP is a three-year program that seeks to improve educational outcomes for students pursuing associate degrees through a combination of financial, academic, and personal supports. ASAP students must enroll full-time and are encouraged to take developmental education courses in their first semester.

The report provides background information on ASAP implementation, as well as details on the cost of the intervention. The research combined results from two other ASAP studies that met What Works Clearinghouse group’s design standards. The first study involved three CUNY community colleges. The second study drew data from three Ohio community colleges.

The results suggest that the ASAP intervention has positive and statistically significant effects on three major education outcomes:

  • College attainment,
  • College access and enrollment, and
  • Credit accumulation and persistence.

To read the full report, please click here.

—Maria Claudia Soler

Higher Education Today