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Study of Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth’s Stay the Course program shows positive results

A recent study conducted by Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame shows that Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth’s Stay the Course program increases community college persistence and degree completion in participants.

According to the organization’s website, Stay the Course is a research project to evaluate how case management can help low-income students persist in school and ultimately graduate, equipping them with credentials that increase earning power. The program was created to combat the statistic that fewer than 40% of community college students obtain a degree within six years and students from low-income families are seven times more likely to drop out.

The study of Stay the Course was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in December 2017. Results show Stay the Course was especially effective for females, increasing persistence in college by 36 percentage points, and degree completion by 32 percentage points.

Read more on the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth website. Read the full study here.


CCFW’s Mission is to provide service to those in need, to advocate compassion and justice in the structures of society, and to call all people of goodwill to do the same. Read more on the CCFW Website. publishes every week.
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