Research and Documentation

At College Possible we push for results and use the most thorough evaluations available to test and improve our approaches. We remind ourselves that each number represents the experiences of real students. In 2013, we tested our approach using a randomized controlled trial, which is considered the “gold standard” of evaluation. The findings show that we’re making a strong impact.

White House Report: Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students

College Possible is highlighted as a solution in this report, released at the 2014 White House summit on college success.

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Harvard Randomized Controlled Trial

The "gold standard" of program evaluation finds College Possible students are significantly more likely to enroll in four-year colleges.

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ICF International - Evaluation of Postsecondary Outcomes

“College Possible coaching overcomes disparities.”

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Harvard Comparative Historical Analysis

College Possible more than doubles the chances a low-income student will enroll in a four-year institution.

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ICF International - Program Evaluation

College Possible increases students’ ACT scores by 23 percent and 99 percent of students are accepted to college.

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American Youth Policy Forum - Program to Watch

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Wilder Foundation Research - Program Evaluation

100 percent of College Possible students are accepted to college. 92 percent of students report their coaches will “do whatever it takes” to help them.

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An Investment Letter for Minnesota Philanthropists Social Return on Investment Analysis

College Possible delivers a 333 percent return on investment over a student's life.

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Annual Impact Report

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Please contact us if you are interested in previous versions of the report.

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