ERIC Number: ED235262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness of Upward Bound in Preparing Disadvantaged Youth for Postsecondary Education.
Steel, Lauri; Schubert, Jane G.
The effectiveness of Upward Bound (UB), a federally funded program to assist high-ability disadvantaged youth in completing programs in higher education, is addressed in this study. The study sought to determine if participation in UB enhances high school performance and participation in postsecondary education, especially in comparison to non-UB peers. Data from "High School and Beyond," a longitudinal study of high school classes of 1980 and 1982, were used for preliminary assessment of UB. Data were also obtained from high school principals regarding the characteristics of their schools. Comparison samples of non-UB students were closely matched in terms of background characteristics (race, sex, SES status, family structure, and school quality). An examination of the data showed that (1) UB students are more likely to take college preparatory courses while in high school than their non-UB peers; (2) UB students have higher expectations and plan to attend college immediately after high school and are more likely to be disappointed if they don't than non-UB students; (3) while UB and non-UB students tend to be similar in their attitudes and motivation, the UB students appear to spend more time on their homework than their non-UB peers; and (4) UB students are more likely to be encouraged by their teachers and counselors to attend college than non-UB peers. Appended to the report are statistical tables from the "High School and Beyond" study. (AOS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers: High School and Beyond (NCES); Upward Bound
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).