ERIC Number: ED227803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-12
Reference Count: 0
Department of Education Uncertain About Effectiveness of Its Special Services Program. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, United States Senate.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Special Services for Disadvantaged Students program was reviewed during 1977-1980 using a sample of 11 grantee institutions. Attention was directed to the management of the program, whether program goals were being met, and progress of students in the program. The program's goal is to increase postsecondary retention and graduation rates of disadvantaged students. It is concluded that objectives of projects are not always consistent with the program goal, and ED has not adequately monitored projects to determine whether the goal or objectives have been met. Four of the 11 projects did not have objectives concerning student retention rates or academic achievement. Although a primary means of assessing project performance is site visits, in fiscal year 1980, ED visited only 24 of the 557 grantees. A second main measure of project performance is annual reporting, which did not compare actual performance with proposed objectives. Recommendations address the need for measurable objectives, visits to monitor the attainment of objectives, and reporting requirements. Appended materials identify the institutions that were reviewed, and include data on student tutoring and counseling services, along with a response to the review by ED. (SW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Ancillary School Services, College Programs, Disadvantaged, Educational Objectives, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Program Administration, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Programs, Student Evaluation
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Department of Education; Special Services for Disadvantaged Students