Program Areas | Higher Education

Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York: Evaluation of Educational Enhancements for Non-Traditional Students

Metis is evaluating the Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) program at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. The college serves a largely non-traditional student body, which includes many first-generation college students and older students who also work or have family responsibilities—factors that can make it difficult for students to stay in school or to participate in co-curricular activities. This program, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, has two main goals: to enhance students' participation in co-curricular experiences and to improve their educational outcomes by engaging them more deeply in their fields of study, with a main focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and on globalization and internationalization.

In the first three years of the PBI program, participants received a number of services including tutoring and supplemental instruction, assistance in defining career goals, opportunities to shadow professionals in their fields of interest, graduate school–preparation activities (such as college tours, test prep, and application assistance) and preparation for a summer study-abroad experience. Metis is using a mixed-method approach to evaluate the program, including interviews and focus groups with program staff and participants, student surveys, and an analysis of retention and achievement data. The first- and second-year results showed that students in the PBI program earned significantly more credits than those who did not participate and exhibited higher retention rates.