CState Accelerate

CState Accelerate is a program designed to help students graduate with an associate’s degree within three years and then transfer to a four-year college or enter the work force. 

The program concluded and is not accepting new students at this time, but may re-start in the future.

By the end of the three-year program, students in CState Accelerate and similar programs at two other Ohio community colleges achieved these results:

The CState Accelerate program was a part of a research study conducted by Cincinnati State and the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), a non-profit, non-partisan education and social policy research organization. The purpose of this study was to test whether programs like CState Accelerate help students stay in school and graduate.

Three Ohio community colleges participated in the study: Cincinnati State (CState Accelerate), Lorain Community College (SAIL), and Cuyahoga Community College (D3).

Program design

CState Accelerate was designed to help students speed up their path to degree completion through a structured program that provides comprehensive academic support services. The support services help students deal with barriers to academic success.

Each student had an academic coach who helped the student develop a success plan and worked with them throughout their time in college. This approach has proven to be successful in helping students reach their academic goals. 

The foundation of the program is student accountability. Students must set goals and make a commitment to meeting program requirements. In exchange for a commitment to the program, students received financial assistance and incentives to reduce the cost of college attendance. Financial assistance included:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Book Vouchers
  • Monthly Financial Incentive ($50.00)

Program requirements

  • Meet with the academic coaching team each month
  • Attend a career services activity once per semester
  • Attend tutoring as required
  • Complete success/graduation related activities

Student eligibility

Student must be seeking a degree, with fewer than 24 credits completed, and must be committed to attending Cincinnati State full-time for 9 semesters. In addition, they must be PELL-grant eligible, and have no more than two Academic Foundations courses to complete.

Enrollment process

Enrollment in CState Accelerate is closed at this time.