ERIC Number: ED224418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-8
Reference Count: N/A
TRIO/Special Services Program Evaluation. Final Report, 1981-1982.
The TRIO/Special Services program at the University of Minnesota's General College (GC) is described, and 1981-1982 program evaluation results are examined. Federally-supported TRIO programs (also including Education Opportunity Centers, Talent Search, and Upward Bound programs) provide support services for disadvantaged college students. The GC's Special Services program, designed to help prevent attrition among nontraditional freshmen, has four components: an integrated course of study, including help with study skills, career planning, writing, math, and stress management; educational, vocational, and personal counseling; individual tutorial services; and a summer institute. During the 1981-1982 academic year, TRIO services were utilized by 252 students. Survey results indicate that TRIO students, compared to new GC students, were older, received a higher percent of financial aid, and included more minorities and disabled students. A higher percentage of the new TRIO students stayed in school and completed a higher proportion of credits than a similar low-income comparison group who did not receive special services. New TRIO students also maintained grade point averages similar to, or higher than, the comparison group and ended the year with higher self-esteem than the control group. A followup of second-year TRIO students revealed more TRIO students attending each quarter than control group students, but no notable differences in grades, credit completion, and overall retention for the two groups. Case studies of two TRIO students, course evaluations, a brief description of the summer institute, and a special evaluation of sign language classes and hearing impaired students are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Persistence, Ancillary School Services, Career Counseling, Case Studies, College Freshmen, Developmental Studies Programs, Dropout Prevention, Educationally Disadvantaged, Federal Programs, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Program Evaluation, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Summer Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. General Coll.