Success Boston Coaching for Completion: 2015-16 Implementation Report

Coaching for Completion
Implementing Organization: 
Success Boston
Boston Foundation

Success Boston provides transition coaching to Boston high school graduates to help reduce barriers to college success, particularly for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in college. The Coaching for Completion (BosC4C) program serves 1000 Boston young adults per cohort, offering students sustained, proactive, and responsive support provided by area nonprofit organizations.

This report represents the first of three, and focuses on two primary questions - How has BosC4C been implemented? And, what was the cost to implement the program?

A few high-level findings from this study include:

  • BosC4C is reaching its target population—students from groups traditionally underrepresented in college—and it has nearly reached its target number of students served.

  • Coach-student communications occur throughout the academic year. The majority of transition supports were provided to students in-person and coaching interactions address diverse and often multiple topics.

  • Costs of transition coaching are almost evenly split between costs of providing direct services to students and administrative costs. The estimated total cost to implement BosC4C in 2015-16 was $5,301,423, or $5,713 per student.

  • Students had overwhelmingly positive experiences with BosC4C transition coaching.

CNCS Program(s): 
Social Innovation Fund
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Youth Development (SIF)
Age(s) Studied: 
18-25 (Young adult)
26-55 (Adult)
55+ (Older adult)
Outcomes Category(s): 
Post-Secondary Educational Support
Study Type(s): 
Study Design(s): 
Level of Evidence: 
Abt Associates
Year Published: 
Date Posted Online: 
May 30, 2017
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