Here are some of the commonly asked questions we receive regarding Investigations. If you don’t see your question/answer here or still need more information, please call us at (800) 424-9484, or contact us here.

What is Investigations into Economic Class in America? 
  • Investigations is an award-winning curriculum for college students that guides them through an investigation of the impact of economic class on their lives.
  • Investigations is designed to support college retention and completion initiatives.
  • Investigations helps under-resourced students build resources to successfully navigate the complex worlds of college and the workplace, plan for a brighter future for themselves and their families, and contribute to a more sustainable community.
Which Investigations materials should I order?
  • Start with the Investigations kit, which includes both a student workbook and facilitator notes.
  • The student workbook contains all the content of the predecessor curriculum, Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World, plus extensive additional material specific to the college environment. A discount to allow for profit margin is available when ordering Investigations workbooks for a college bookstore.
  • The facilitator notes include the philosophy, process, and theory that have made Investigations successful in helping under-resourced students succeed. Sponsors and funders will find information on how to conduct an Investigations course, engage community support for graduates, and evaluate the program.
Is Investigations only for under-resourced college students?
  • Investigations was developed specifically for low-income college students, but it is also appropriate for:
    • Students from middle- and upper-income economic classes, who often find both the content and the unique co-investigative methodology to be life altering.
    • Juniors and seniors in high school in GEAR UP, TRIO, and similar programs to prepare first-generation and under-resourced students for college.
How can the curriculum be used?
  • The curriculum can be used as a college orientation/first-year experience course, a developmental course, a learning community, a credit-bearing curriculum, and as service learning.
  • The curriculum requires approximately 45 hours to complete, making it ideal for a three-credit, semester-long course.
What are some examples of how Investigations has been used?
  • Eastern Gateway Community College, Ohio, as a 100-level sociology course.
  • East High School, Ohio, as part of a high school learning community with dual credit offered by the high school and Youngstown State University. View more at Results and Best Practices.
  • Ivy Tech Community College – North Central, Indiana, as a noncredit course for students, employees, and community members. View more at Results and Best Practices.
  • Northern Kentucky University in a LEAP (Learning Experience and Parenting) program.
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University as a 100-level humanities course.
  • Youngstown State University, Ohio, as an elective-credit course within a learning community, with a developmental reading, developmental writing, and sociology course. View more at Results and Best Practices.
  • Youngstown State University, Ohio, partnered with East High School in Youngstown to offer Investigations to first-generation/low-income high school students in a college readiness program. Dual credit provided. View more at Results and Best Practices.
 How do I prepare to facilitate the Investigations curriculum?
  • College Achievement Alliance does not require individuals to have special training to facilitate the curriculum. However, the following steps are recommended as preparation for effective facilitation:
  • Prerequisite: Attend an Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students, Bridges Out of Poverty, or A Framework for Understanding Poverty workshop, or listen to the Bridges Out of Poverty audio workshop kit.
  • Participate in one of the following Investigation facilitator trainings:
  • Listen to the free download, Bridging the Graduation Gap, a discussion by authors Karla Krodel and Phil DeVol about how to use the Investigations curriculum
 What do people say about Investigations?

Investigations graduates, facilitators, and administrators have much to say about Investigations and its value to both students and institution. Please see Testimonials.

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