In 2013, with funding from the U S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the Research Alliance for New York City Schools began a groundbreaking partnership with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and the City University of New York (CUNY), focused on promoting students’ enrollment, persistence, and success in college. The most significant result from this work has been the creation of the Partnership Dataset, which is unique in its size, its depth of available individual-level data, and its longitudinal capabilities. The Dataset creates the architecture to follow NYC students through the critical transition from K-12 through post-secondary education. Currently, close to 900,000 individual NYC students can be traced from as early as their Kindergarten records in 1994 to as late as their college graduation in 2016. Drawing on these data, the Research Alliance and CUNY have published a series of working papers, available below.
Can We Better Identify Who Needs Developmental Education? Each fall, approximately 20,000 new enrollees at the City University of New York (CUNY)—more than half of all freshmen—are assigned to developmental education in at least one subject, most often mathematics.
Drawing on administrative data available through The New York City Partnership for College Readiness and Success, this study seeks to learn whether a simple top 10-percent admissions scheme would be likely to increase Black and Latino enrollment in CUNY bachelor’s programs.
Similar to much previous literature, we found that the bulk of the variation in four-year college enrollment is within, rather than between schools. This underscores the challenge many schools face in trying to prepare their students for college: meeting a wide range of student needs.