Promoting College Completion Through Leadership Among Underrepresented Urban College Students: A Theory of Change and Evaluation of College Retention Outcomes for the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative
The Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative is a leadership development and college retention and success program developed by the Northwest Leadership Foundation that provides intensive cohort-based training and support, along with full-tuition, full-need scholarships, to underrepresented urban college students to attend religiously affiliated liberal arts colleges across the Pacific Northwest. Act Six has produced notably high levels of persistence and graduation when compared to national and local data for students with similar demographic characteristics. This University of Washington Doctor of Education dissertation presents a comprehensive literature-based theory of change that proposes how and why the many interventions of Act Six work together to affect the desired outcomes of the program. It then evaluates the collective impact of these interventions on participants' college persistence and graduation by comparing outcomes for Act Six participants with participants in... More > a comparison program.< Less
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