Saturday, March 24, 2018
The RP Group

Academy of College Excellence Longitudinal Research Study

Timeline: 2016-2017



The RP Group is engaged in a longitudinal research study of the long-term impacts of the Academy for College Excellence (ACE) on students’ academic and employment outcomes, designed to understand:

  • Whether students were taught and remember the personal success skills that are part of the program’s curriculum

  • How these personal success skills influence participating students’ completion and employability.

To provide context for these results, the RP Group is comparing ACE participant outcomes to those of a demographically-matched, non-participating peer group. We will also interview a sampling of former ACE students’ work supervisors to learn how ACE students compare to other employees in terms of their preparation and performance.

As a result of investigating the long-term academic and employment outcomes of ACE students and comparing their outcomes to comparable students, ACE administrators will better understand the long-term impacts on student success in order to ensure that colleges are aware of the ACE program and what it offers to students over time.

To learn more, visit the Academy for College Excellence website.


RP Group Lead

Dr. Darla Cooper, Director of Research and Evaluation

RP Group Project Team Members

Loris Fagioli, Alyssa Nguyen, Rogéair Purnell-Mack, Diane Rodriguez-Kiino


Dr. Merrilea Mayo, Mayo Enterprises, LLC


The Joyce Foundation


Social Science Research Center (SSRC); California State University, Fullerton; California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division


Academy for College Excellence: Summary of Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Long-Term Students' Outcomes, October 2017
Key findings from a mixed methods study examining the long-term academic and wage outcomes of students who participated in the Academy for College Excellence program.

The qualitative portion provides perspectives of former ACE students and their employers on the influence of ACE on students' personal and professional lives, while the quantitative portion provides information on ACE's impact on students' academic outcomes and potential earnings.

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