Community College of Philadelphia to Host Lunch and Expert Forum on Proven Ways to Improve College Persistence

[PHILADELPHIA, PA March 14, 2019]

Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) will host a luncheon and forum on April 1, 2019 to showcase the results of a three-year study on the impact of Single Stop USA, a nonprofit agency dedicated to reducing poverty by improving access to benefits and helping low-income students across the country stay in college and graduate.

The study, conducted by Metis Associates of New York, focused on CCP as a research subject and examined the impacts of Single Stop on four main areas: semester to semester persistence, degree bearing credit pass rate, grade point average, and graduation rates. The Metis Report demonstrated specific results year over year during their study, including numbers for those students who are first time in college and those who have returned after a break. In each case, and over the three-year time-period between 2014 and 2017, the results show unequivocally that students enrolled in the Single Stop program had statistically higher percentages of retention, better grades, graduation rates, and overall improved experience in the community college experience.

“College persistence is challenging for higher education institutions across the country,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of the Community College of Philadelphia. “Under the direction of Paula Umaña, and her staff, Single Stop has helped students at CCP stay on track so they can continue working toward their academic and career goals. The Metis Report documents that the partnership is making a real difference in the lives of our students.  College persistence is a hallmark of Single Stop’s success.

“All too often, issues like food insecurity, high transportation costs, inadequate healthcare, financial mismanagement and high unreliable childcare get in the way of economic success, said Michael Weinstein, president of ImpactMatters and co-founder of Single Stop.  “The Metis Report points to Single Stop’s success in knocking down these barriers.  This event at C.C.P. will provide a fascinating look at the partnership forged between the college and Single Stop, demonstrating ways that other colleges and communities can use Single Stop to improve college persistence and economic security.

Single Stop USA is a member of The Fedcap Group, a growing network of top tier nonprofit agencies dedicated to advancing the economic and social well-being of the impoverished and disadvantaged.


The event on April 1 will take place on the Community College of Philadelphia Main Campus from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and will include a representative panel of CCP and Single Stop staff, students, funders, and other stakeholders. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Klein Cube at the Pavilion Building, which is on the west side of 17th Street, just south of Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.

Posted on April 4th, 2019 in Press Release

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