Affording Degree Completion: A Study of Completion Grants at Accessible Public Universities

Project: Research project

Description

Arizona State University is pleased to support your application to the Institute for Education Science's
College Completion Network to examine the development and efficacy of completion grants at broad
and open-access institutions. This effort to increase college completion rates, and to utilize completion
grants to do so, aligns with our strategic goals. We believe this initiative can serve as a new mechanism
to help our students "get over the finish line" by minimizing financial barriers that stand in the way of
achieving their dreams. I strongly support formalizing our completion grant efforts and look forward to
our inclusion among like-minded institutions to continue exploring new ways to diminish barriers that
impede student success.
The proposed study will help us evaluate both the impacts and implementation of our completion
grants, which will be instrumental for both improving the program and, if successful, finding ways to
provide grants to larger numbers of students. Beyond learning about the impacts completion grants
have on completion, we are particularly interested in students' experiences with the grant, any financial
need remaining after receipt of a grant, and how other colleges choose to implement similar grants and
associated support services. We are also enthusiastic about the network component of this research,
including access to research conducted at similar broad-access institutions that can benefit our students.
As the study moves forward, we are interested in potential supplementary opportunities available
through IES' research network, especially additional research and dissemination activities that could
benefit our students and faculty. We will provide full institutional support for this research.
During the grant's Development phase from January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, we will allow
project researchers to contact students for surveys. We will also facilitate site visits and interviews with
relevant staff to help researchers better understand the implementation of our completion grants and
related student support services, including detailed information on any predictive analytics processes
used to assign completion grants. We will work with researchers to randomly assign students to receive
grants within institutionally-determined eligibility criteria. Finally, we will enter into data agreements
with both APLU and Temple University in order to provide project researchers with student-level
administrative data on demographics, enrollment, financial aid, courses taken and completed, and any
other data and analytics information for the successful completion of this project. These data will
include the 2016-17 through 2017-18 academic years to enable a comprehensive analysis of the
outcomes of both completion grant recipients and their control group counterparts.
We understand that the Expansion phase of this effort will begin in July 2018. If our institution is able to
identify funds to support completion grants to students-and we are optimistic that we will be able to
do this-we are committed to participating in the Expansion phase. During the period from July 1, 2018
through December 31, 2020, we will allow project researchers to contact students for surveys. We will
also facilitate site visits and interviews with relevant staff to help researchers better understand the
implementation of our completion grants and related student support services. We will work with
researchers to randomly assign students to receive grants within institutionally determined eligibility
criteria. Finally, we will enter into data agreements with both APLU and Temple University in order to
provide project researchers with student-level administrative data on demographics, enrollment,
financial aid, courses taken and completed, and other data necessary for the successful completion of
this project. These data will include the 2018-19 through 2019-20 academic years to enable a
comprehensive analysis of the outcomes of both completion grant recipients and their control group
counterparts.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/1/1712/31/20

Funding

  • US Department of Education (DOEd): $120,000.00

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