A cost-efficiency study carried out by a collaboration between the Metro Academies Initiative and Dr. Robert Johnstone of the RP Group and the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement shows that Metro Academies lowers an institution’s cost per graduate.
Full report available here: Metro Academies Cost Study 2013
Supplemental materials showing incremental costs and cost per graduate here: Supplemental Materials
Metro Academies cost per graduate:
The comparison group at SF State was all full-time freshmen. At City College, the comparison group was created by matching on several key variables, including ethnicity, income, placement level, transfer units enrolled in and completed, sought counseling in the first semester, enrolled in a Health Education class, and English as a second language (ESL) status.
How does Metro reduce costs?
LESS ATTRITION + TIMELY GRADUATION = COST REDUCTION
Metro students strongly outperform their more advantaged peers in graduation rates and time to degree, despite the fact that most initially place at “double remedial” in English and math. Metro sharply reduces attrition and excess units. Once these hidden costs are factored in, it becomes clear that Metro is substantially less expensive per graduate than current practice.
The Metro Academy of Health at SF State is our most mature program. Metro helps students build momentum because 100% of core classes satisfy graduation requirements for associate's and bachelor's degrees—regardless of whether classes are taken at a community college or university. Metro puts students on a clear, fast track to graduation and success.