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Long-term follow-up of a randomized controlled trial of the Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS) student-advising program at 11 universities

This project is a long-term follow-up of an ongoing randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS) program.

Grant recipient: Ithaka Harbors, Inc., a 501(c)(3)

Term: 2019 –2023

Principal Investigators: Rayane Alamuddin, Ph.D.

Martin Kurzweil

Funding: $137,220

Summary: This project is a long-term follow-up of an ongoing randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS) program. Implemented across 11 public universities, MAAPS is a three-year student advising intervention that pairs Pell-eligible and first-generation students with dedicated advisors who help students navigate key academic choices and establish plans for course selection to ensure timely graduation. Advisors have smaller-than-average caseloads at their institutions and use early-alert systems to proactively identify and support students deemed at risk of going off-path.

A well-conducted RCT of MAAPS is currently underway across all 11 universities, with a sample of 10,489 students. Preliminary findings at the 2-year follow-up – when continuously-enrolled students completed their sophomore year of college – show no significant effects on students’ credit success rate, cumulative GPA, college persistence, or credit accumulation at their original institution for either the full sample, or for key subgroups of interest (including Pell-eligible, first generation, and minority students). Site-level effects are also generally null with one exception — at Georgia State University, the study found positive, significant impacts on credit success and cumulative GPA. Longer-term follow-up through students’ sixth year of enrollment and across the different institutions they attend will generate more definitive, final results.

The proposed project will measure students’ college persistence and degree completion at the four- and six-year follow-up.

The study’s pre-specified analysis plan is linked here.

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