ERIC Number: ED186574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Study of the Upward Bound Program: A Second Follow-Up. Final Report.
Burkheimer, Graham J. Jr.; And Others
This report presents findings from the third of a series of studies of the Upward Bound (UB) program. The study was conducted between April, 1978, and September, 1979, to investigate long-term educational outcomes of UB program participation. The Upward Bound program was designed for low income high school students with potential for successfully completing a postsecondary program but who do not meet the conventional criteria for admission to such programs. Data were collected through a mail survey questionnaire, telephone interviews, and student transcripts. The UB program was found to have an impact on educational aspirations, postsecondary education (PSE) progress, and persistence. Impact appears to be related to participation patterns of former participants: those with typical participation patterns generally exhibited more positive outcomes than those with atypical patterns. A comparison of the patterns of educational progress for typical UB participants and nonparticipants indicates that the greater overall progress of participants is attributable to their greater rates of entry to PSE and to their propensity to attend four year institutions. The progress rates of UB participants and nonparticipants in two year institutions were not significantly different with the exception of graduation rates. It can be concluded that the UB program is effectively meeting its mandated objective to provide participants with the skills and motivation necessary for entry and success in education beyond high school. Summaries of previous evaluative studies and data collection and analysis techniques are appended. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Evaluation and Dissemination.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC. Center for Educational Research and Evaluation.