Provides an overview of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and presents the results after two years of evaluation.

“The Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) was an ambitious and promising exception. Operated by the City University of New York (CUNY)… ASAP provided a comprehensive array of services and supports over a three-year period to help more students graduate and to help them graduate sooner. The program aimed to simultaneously address multiple barriers to student achievement over multiple semesters, and was one of the most aggressive efforts in the country to improve the success rates of low-income students” (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)

Full Publication Title: More Graduates Two-Year Results from an Evaluation of  Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)  for Developmental Education Students

Major Findings & Recommendations

“Compared with the colleges’ usual services, ASAP substantially increased persistence, the average number of credits that students earned, and graduation rates…. the program increased the proportion of students who graduated within two years by almost 6 percentage points — a 66 percent increase over the control group’s graduation rate…. ASAP’s combination of a full-time enrollment requirement and a rich array of services and financial supports is helping students progress far beyond where they would have been had they received typical college services…. the first group of students to participate in ASAP, who entered the program in 2007 and in many cases continued to take part in future years, the program was cost-effective, costing less per graduate than standard college services” (p.9). (Abstractor: Author)