PI: Dr. Edward Fletcher, Education
Co-PI: Dr. Victor Hernandez, Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Description:
Using a mixed methods approach, collaborators from the University of South Florida (USF), the National Academy Foundation (NAF), and three high school career academies propose to study the impact of participation in the career academy model implemented by NAF under different levels of implementation fidelity. Within The IT College and CAREERS Readiness Project, we seek to document student success in terms of college and career readiness, and postsecondary education prospects and transitions into IT related careers. Thus, the goals of the project are: (a) to examine the nature of organizational and implementation elements (mission, curriculum and instruction, internal and external supports) of IT career academies with different levels of fidelity; (b) to determine student experiences in NAF IT career academies with different levels of fidelity; and (c) to document indicators of college and career readiness (engagement, performance, transitions) of students in NAF IT career academies with different levels of fidelity in comparison to students in non-career academies. The project will rely on extant student-level data from the NAF dataset and comprehensive site visit data to meet the project goals.