Research Topics

Evaluation of Essex County College's Stay-in-Step Academy

From 2009 to 2011, the Heldrich Center evaluated the Stay-in-Step Academy, which sought to improve the noncognitive skills of black males at Essex County College. The program’s goal was to boost students’ motivation, their sense of self-efficacy, and other attitudes associated with positive academic and life outcomes. The Center conducted a process evaluation of the program’s implementation based on surveys, interviews, and focus groups. The Center also conducted a quasi-experimental evaluation using the college’s student records data of whether the program improved the retention in college of black males who participated in the program compared to similar black males who did not participate. (Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s PBI Grant Program)

Education & Training
Funded By: 
U.S. Department of Education’s PBI Grant Program
black students
student retention
Essex County College