Outcomes Analysis

Goal

The ACT-On RMC program was designed to provide students with a certificate that would prepare more adults for employment, raise their wage income, and possibly prepare them for continuing their education. To assess the success of the program in achieving these goals, we answer the following research questions in this section:

What were the characteristics of the students who participate in the ACT-On program?

Understanding the demographics of the ACT-On participants not only helps us understand who was attracted to the program, but also provides useful context for interpreting outcomes.

We examine age, TAA status, employment status, education level, race, ethnicity and gender of participants.

Key Findings:

What were the student expectations of the program? To what extent did the students perceive that their expectations had been met?

Goal

The ACT-On program was based on the premise that a clear education pathway to a competency-based certificate would improve individuals' skills and lead to job attainment, wage increase, and/or promotion. IMPAQ conducted student surveys at two points of time—soon after enrollment and after graduation—to assess expectations and perceptions of program outcomes.

Key Findings

What were the education and employment outcomes of the ACT-On participant? How did outcomes compare to those of other students within the same college?

Goal

The ACT-On grant aimed to encourage individuals to complete an 8 course ‘for credit’ academic program to earn a Retail Management Certificate (RMC). Not only is the program designed to increase employment opportunities, but also leave the door open for students to continue their education. We also compared the outcomes of ACT-On students to students in other certificate programs at the ACT-On colleges.

Key Findings