LIFE AT WSU

  • 100 Males to College Outcomes

    Three Years after Launch, 100 Males to College Exceeds Expectations

    Early Exposure Equals College Success

    The 100 Males to College Worcester program is a partnership with the Worcester Public School District, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State University that offers dual enrollment courses to any male high school student attending public school in Worcester. The program, made possible through a grant funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has a goal to increase college-going rates of students in the program due to early exposure to college coursework and navigating expectations of degree seeking students.

    The first year, 2017, set a modest goal for 100MTC Worcester of 50 male high school students. That year ended serving 97 students exposed to courses such as Intro to Microcomputers, Intro to Sociology, World Music and Photography as well as accessing college resources like study equipment, textbooks and technological resources needed to satisfy course requirements. Most participants (74%) received a grade of B or higher, which is impressive considering the average grade-point-average for all 100MTC is just above a C, resting at 2.3 GPA. Of the 12 high school seniors from the Worcester program, seven continued on to attend a public higher education institutions in Massachusetts and are tracking for success.

    The 2018 100MTC Worcester again served 97 students from a wide variety of demographics including 26% Latino, 21% African, 14% African American, 13% multi-ethnic, 12% Caucasian, 12% Asian/Pacific Islander and 2% identified as other. Seniors included 43, juniors were 45, eight were sophomores and one was a freshman. Dual enrollment courses were similar to the 2017 cohort with the inclusion of Jazz in America, Youth and Latino Issues and Intro to Mass Communications. Of the 43 high school seniors, 41 enrolled into various higher education institutions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one enrolled in University of Indianapolis and two remained enrolled in Job Corps.

    The current cohort for 100MTC Worcester is trending for success and like the previous years, enrollment number with 98 male participating in the program. There is similar demographics and the first semester grade point average is B or above for 65% of all participants.

    Data gathered from interviews and surveys of all cohorts of 100MTC Worcester indicate that planned activities and engagement beyond the classroom have significant and lasting impact to ones’ success, with everyone striving toward a common goal. These include study hall, student-centered games and Wellness Center activities, Saturday workshops and mentorship programming with Worcester State University students, faculty, staff and alumni, which were touch points the data indicated made a different for student success in the dual-enrollment program.