ERIC Number: ED325598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Career Beginnings Impact Evaluation: Findings from a Program for Disadvantaged High School Students.
Cave, George; Quint, Janet
This evaluation of the services and short-term impact of the 1987/88 Career Beginnings (CB) program found an increase in the average rate of college attendance of participants in the year following high school graduation. Career Beginnings targets urban high school juniors from low-income families who demonstrate average academic performance and helps them enter college and upgrade their educational choices. The program served students at 24 sites and included the following common features: (1) collaboration between a college, the public schools, and the business community; (2) employment between the junior and senior years; (3) summer workshops and classes; (4) counseling; and (5) mentoring. In all, 1,574 students who qualified for services were randomly assigned in equal numbers either to the experimental group (which was encouraged to take part in CB activities) or to the control group (which was excluded from CB). Evaluation was based on the responses of 1,233 participants and controls to two follow-up interviews conducted 1 and 2 years later. The following findings are reported: (1) during their senior year, controls received considerably more services similar to those received by participants than had been anticipated; (2) participants received more services than controls at most sites; (3) participants reported liking the program; (4) across the sites, 48.5 percent of the controls attended college; (5) more participants than controls (53.2 percent) attended college and reported raised educational aspirations; (6) differences in the college enrollment rates of participants and controls persisted throughout the post-high school year; (7) sites varied greatly in their impact; and (8) participants worked less and earned less than controls during the follow-up year. Statistical data are presented in 44 tables and six graphs. A list of 10 references and a list of 21 publications on youth projects are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Career Development, College Preparation, Cooperative Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Followup Studies, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Low Income Groups, Urban Programs
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/73818
IES Cited: ED506465