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Assessment of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College Program:
An Evaluation Of DARC I And DARC II Institutions
Assessment of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College
Increasing the numbers of New Jersey students who return to college to complete their degrees is a goal with a large return on investment, for institutions of higher education, for the state’s educated workforce, for the business community, and most importantly for the individual who can now qualify for a better job or a promotion based on the achievement of this important credential. To this end, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education intends to fund not-for-profit New Jersey institutions of higher education to identify, contact, re-enroll, and graduate adults who have left New Jersey colleges in good standing but without earning the intended associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
The target population for the grant is adults, aged 20 and older, who left a New Jersey institution within the past 10 years (since 2000), in good standing, without earning an undergraduate degree. They should have earned at least 50% of credits toward a degree.The “Disengaged Adults Returning to College” Grant Program is funded by a three-year federal grant. The purpose of the program is to create and grow programs that could be self-sustaining after a potential two-year grant cycle.
The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education has funded two cohorts of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College (DARC) Grant for a three-year project period for each cohort. The first cohort (DARC I) project period was from 2009 to 2012 and included the following institutions:
The second cohort (DARC II) project period was from 2010 to 2013 and included the following institutions:
As part of the federally funded College Access Challenge Grant, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) is began funding a third cohort (DARC III) of projects for 2013. The DARC III project period is currently in its second year. The institutions participating in DARC III are: