Erin Lynch-Alexander is Assistant Professor at Austin Peay State University in the Department of Educational Specialties and the current Vice Chair of Begin Anew’s Board of Directors. In the spring of 2013, she conducted a research project of Faith-Based vs. Non-Faith Based GED Program Findings. She evaluated fourteen of Nashville’s General Education Diploma (GED) programs for levels of academic resilience, writing fluency, writing accuracy and writing proficiency. Begin Anew was fortunate to be chosen as one of the Faith-Based GED Programs for this research.
In the study, Ms. Lynch-Alexander writes: “The implications for these programs are that they can strengthen the foundational faith in its enrollees and correlate their faith with motivational factors that will sustain program goals: successfully graduating participants with GEDs.”
The following is a summary of the findings of the research conducted by Ms. Lynch-Alexander: Environmental factors and program components that exist with Faith-Based programs have an impact on development of program participants. The significance of the outcome measures of expressive communication skills as well as resilience levels between Faith-Based and Non-Faith Based programs reveals that there is statistical difference in the program models.
Begin Anew has seen evidence that students who attend a Faith-Based GED program show increased communication skills and resilience to remain in the program until they pass the GED. The Begin Anew program model is very effective and contributes to the 72% retention rate and the 32% average graduation rate of adult students seeking to pass the GED test. The ministry is grateful to our partners who assist us to provide this Faith-Based GED Program to adults in our community.
You can read the abstract of this study by clicking the following link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10656219.2016.1191393