CState Accelerate

CState Accelerate is a program designed to help students graduate with an associate’s degree within three years and then transfer to a four-year college or enter the work force. 

The program is a part of a research study conducted by Cincinnati State 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.

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

Program design

CState Accelerate is designed to help students speed up their path to degree completion through a structured program that provides comprehensive academic support services.  The support services help students deal with barriers to academic success.

Each student has an academic coach who helps the student develop a success plan and works with them throughout their time in college. This approach has proven to be successful in helping students reach their academic goals. 

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

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

Results so far

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

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 seeking a degree, with fewer than 24 credits completed, and must be committed to attending Cincinnati State full-time for 9 semesters. In addition, they must be PELL-grant eligible, and have no more than two Academic Foundations courses to complete.

Enrollment process

Enrollment in CState Accelerate is closed at this time.

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