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July 15, 2018

EPI Wins Bid to Evaluate Title III Project for Santa Fe College


VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, July 15, 2018 — The Educational Policy Institute was chosen to conduct the five-year evaluation of the federal Title III project for Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. The College won a $2.1 million grant from the US Department of Education to "increase completion for at-risk underrepresented students, employ evidence-based interventions, and conduct a rigorous evaluation of those interventions." (see Project Abstract here).

In 2013, the Florida Senate passed Bill 1720, which exempted incoming college students from mandatory college placement testing and enrollment in remedial education courses. The result of the Bill is that a large number of underprepared students are enrolling directly into college-level courses without appropriate remediation. This, in turn, has resulted in increasingly low retention and completion rates.

This Title III project will revolve around the development of a centralized delivery of student services called the Learning Commons to ensure that needy students receive the support necessary to succeed at Santa Fe College. As well, SF will utilize Mindset interventions designed to enhance students’ belief in their ability to experience academic growth, provide college-certified tutors, create co-requisite instruction for at-risk students, and develop Digital Learning Plans for students.

The Educational Policy Institute, an expert in student retention and intervention evaluation, will work with Santa Fe College to help them determine the efficacy, fidelity of implementation, and impact of their Title III grant. The project runs until 2022.

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