ERIC Number: ED382754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-22
Reference Count: N/A
Stage II Assessment of Memphis Center for Urban Partnerships. Technical Report 941101.
Butler, E. Dean; Gardner, C. Duane
The Memphis Center for Urban Partnerships (MCUP) was formed in 1992 to provide access, resources, and opportunities so that more urban students might realize their potentials and achieve success through increased college preparedness, matriculation, retention, and graduation. The Stage II plan implemented in 1993-94 included various activities focusing on systemic urban educational change. An ecological systems approach guided evaluative data collection, analysis, and assessment. Evaluation of changes occurred at the following levels: (1) the state system of education, the school district, and the partnership network; (2) the pilot school cluster; (3) school classrooms or grade-level cohorts; and (4) interventions impacting individual students. Evaluation results at each of these levels suggest that the short-term activities of 1993-94 appear to have only limited potential for fostering systemic change. A comprehensive planning process focusing on intermediate and long-term activities is needed, along with established guidelines for collaborative relationships. Emphasis on training and resources for change agents should continue. One appendix presents a number of supporting documents, and another contains 23 tables and 4 figures. (Contains 70 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Cooperation, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, School Districts, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Memphis State Univ., TN. Center for Research in Educational Policy.
Identifiers: Memphis City Schools TN; Tennessee (Memphis)
Note: Executive summary also published separately.