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TERC STUDY INDICATES MORE DEGREES AND LESS MONEY FOR CTN STUDENTS
An independent longitudinal study conducted by the Texas Education Research Center “sought to measure the impact of the CTN Ascender program on a diverse set of student higher education outcomes.” Overall, the findings suggested that the CTN model is successful, with a strong effect for Ascender students “in terms of a decreased financial burden and an increased likelihood of certificate attainment” as well as a positive trend of the Ascender program on degree completion.
The study indicated that CTN students have greater odds of obtaining a Bachelors level certificate and a higher rate of obtaining any higher education certificate. "As one of the clearest finding from this analysis, results show that exposure to Ascender courses increases the average student's odds of obtaining a bachelor's certificate by 1.24 (p<.001). The study also found that Ascender students earn more certificates (0.02, p<.001). “Although this coefficient is small, it indicates an important positive and statistically significant relationship between enrollment in Ascender courses and credential attainment."
The study also found that Ascender students “accumulated on average one-third the amount of any type of student loan compared to matched students in the control group” and Ascender students “on average are awarded a greater amount of scholarships and grants compared with their counterparts in the regular developmental education control group.” (Catch the Next Access Ascender Program Study)