ERIC Number: ED249853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (SSDS) Program: Final Report.
Coulson, John E.; Bradford, Clarence
The results of a 1983 followup survey to assess the long-term impact of the federally-funded Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (SSDS) program are presented. Educationally or economically disadvantaged students who enrolled in the program during their freshman year, 1979-1980, were studied. Questionnaires investigated respondents' educational experiences since their freshman year (periods of enrollment, institutions attended, amounts and types of special services received, and financial assistance received). The kinds of jobs that respondents hoped to have in 5 years were also identified. Student transcripts were examined for information on the number of school terms completed by students, the number of course units attempted and completed, and the students' grade point average. Relationships among freshman-year services, post-freshman services, and student outcomes were also determined: (1) The freshman's moderate use of services (i.e., a single type of service or two types of services) was associated with better outcomes, such as more extended enrollment, and with a greater number of course units attempted and completed; (2) Intensive academic services in the freshman year were not associated with better outcomes; (3) Non-academic services, on the other hand, are associated with better outcomes, including higher grades; and (4) Academic services received after the freshman year are associated with poorer long-term academic outcomes. Information is included on the background and goals of the SSDS program and the design and major findings of a previous base-line study. The study questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: System Development Corp., Santa Monica, CA.