Research and Reports
A research and evaluation plan was built into the initial design for the Carolina Covenant. University leaders and state policymakers are eager to examine whether the Covenant improvements access and student success, and how the program can be improved going forward.
To evaluate the Covenant’s effectiveness, each Scholar will be followed from admission through graduation and up to five years after graduation. In addition, each class of Covenant Scholars is compared to a control group of students who would have been eligible for the Covenant had it been in place one year earlier. Both groups are compared to students in their entering class who did not qualify for the Covenant but received need-based financial aid, and to those who did not qualify for need-based aid.
Carolina has engaged in an ongoing internal evaluation of program policies and the needs of Scholars for help in overcoming barriers to success. Modifications have been made and programming has been added in response to identified needs.
Multifaceted Aid for Low-Income Students and College Outcomes: Evidence from North Carolina
A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research examines the success of the Covenant in boosting graduation rates for low-income students.