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The Assessment of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College Program: An Evaluation Of DARC I And DARC II Institutions
[pdf - 603 Kb]
Prepared by: Daniel Bausch, Sean Cavanaugh, Nicole Corre, David Drescher
Jessica Godofsky, Rob Houston, Megan Milhisler & Hannah Walker
Advisement Of: Carl Van Horn, PH.D.
MAY 11, 2011

The Assessment of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College Program [pdf-306Kb]
Prepared For: The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
Prepared By: Jason Toedter, Laura Montas, Shannon O’Hare, and William Gayle
Advisement Of: Dr. Carl Van Horn
May 5, 2010


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 provided funding for nonprofit New Jersey institutions of higher education to identify, contact, re-enroll, and graduate adults who had left New Jersey colleges in good standing but without earning the intended associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

The target population for the grant was adults, aged 20 and older, who left a New Jersey institution within the past 15 years, in good standing, without earning an undergraduate degree but with at least 50 percent of the credits earned for a degree.  The purpose of the program was to create and grow programs that could be self-sustaining after the grant cycle concluded.


Announcement of Awards, Disengaged Adults Returning to College Grant

The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education has funded three cohorts of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College (DARC) Grant program.

The first cohort (DARC I) project period was from 2009 to 2012 and included the following institutions:

  • Mercer County Community College
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Rider University
  • William Paterson University

The second cohort (DARC II) project period was from 2010 to 2013 and included the following institutions:

  • Cumberland County College
  • Middlesex County College
  • Ocean County College
  • Sussex County Community College

The third cohort (DARC III) project period was from 2012 to 2014 and included the following institutions:

  • Caldwell University
  • Gloucester County College
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Thomas Edison State College

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