CState Accelerate

CState Accelerate (CSA) is a new program offered at Cincinnati State to help students graduate with an Associate’s degree within three years and transfer to a four year college or enter the work force.  The program is a part of a research study conducted by Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), a non-profit, non-partisan education and social policy research organization.  The purpose of this study is to test whether CSA helps students stay in school and graduate.

There are three Ohio colleges participating in the study, Cincinnati State (CState Accelerate), Lorain Community College (SAIL) and Cuyahoga Community College (D3).

Program Design

The program is designed to help students accelerate their path to degree completion through a structured program that provides comprehensive academic support services.  The support services are tailored to help students navigate around barriers to academic success.  Once enrolled, students are assigned to an academic coach who will develop a success plan and work with the student from program entry to degree completion. This high tough engagement approach has proven to be successful in helping students reach their academic goals. 

The foundation of the program is student accountability.  That is, in order for the program to work students must set goals and make a commitment to meeting program requirements. In exchange for a commitment to the program, students who meet program requirements receive financial assistance and incentives to reduce the cost of college attendance.  Financial assistance includes:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Book Vouchers
  • Monthly Financial Incentive ($50.00)


CState Accelerate is on the move.  In comparison to the study’s control group, CSA students enroll full-time and take and complete classes at a higher rate, have a higher semester GPA and complete Academic Foundation courses quicker. 

Program Requirements

  • Meet with the academic coaching team each month
  • Attend a career services activity once per semester
  • Attend tutoring as required
  • Complete success/graduation related activities

Student Eligibility

Student must be PELL eligible, have two or fewer academic foundation requirements, degree seeking, have less than 24 credits hours completed and committed to attending fulltime for 9 semesters.

Enrollment Process

Enrollment is closed at this time.

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