Impact

CARA conducts ongoing program evaluation using data from the NYC Department of Education (NYC DoE) and the City University of New York (CUNY) to measure impact on the post-secondary outcomes of students served by CARA programming and CARA-trained peer leaders.

IMPACT ON STUDENTS SERVED (POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT)

Whole School + Peer Leader Programming

Post-secondary enrollment grew nearly 14% at high schools implementing at least 2 years of a combination of College Inquiry and Peer Leader programming (College Bridge, Right to College, or both).

College Bridge Programming

Post-secondary enrollment grew 6.8% at high schools implementing at least 2 years of College Bridge programming.

Right to College Programming

Post-secondary enrollment grew 10% at high schools implementing 2 years of Right to College programming.

College Allies Programming

A recent analysis of Strive for Success showed that students who were highly engaged in the program (e.g. met with their mentors seven or more times throughout the year) were retained at a 15.6% higher rate than a matched comparison group.

IMPACT ON PEER LEADERS (COLLEGE PERSISTENCE)

One-year CUNY persistence rates of CARA-trained Peer Leaders were 19.5% and 5.6% higher than propensity-score matched comparisons among the 2014 and 2015 cohorts, respectively.

*Propensity matched comparisons are students with the same demographic and academic profiles who did not receive CARA’s programs

 

One-year CUNY persistence rates of Black and Latino/a CARA-trained Peer Leaders were 22.5% and 10.9% higher than propensity-score matched comparisons among the 2014 and 2015 cohorts, respectively.

*Propensity matched comparisons are students with the same demographic and academic profiles who did not receive CARA’s programs

 

One-year CUNY persistence rates of CARA-trained Peer Leaders receiving financial aid in the form of Pell Grants and/or TAP were 14.3% and 19.5% higher than propensity-score matched comparisons among the 2014 and 2015 cohorts, respectively.

*Propensity matched comparisons are students with the same demographic and academic profiles who did not receive CARA’s programs