ERIC Number: ED329321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
High School at College: A Study of the Bell High at Harbor College Program. Los Angeles Harbor College Research Report 01-91.
The Bell High at Harbor Program is a cooperative effort between Bell High School and Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) in which, each year, approximately 120 Bell students complete the ninth grade on the LAHC campus. Students participate in a traditional ninth grade curriculum and concurrently enroll in two college courses per semester. The program was initiated in 1986 as a result of space shortages in the Los Angeles Unified School District, although it became clear that the program might help to motivate students to attend college after completing high school. In 1989-90, when the program's first-year participants were in their senior year in high school, a follow-up study was conducted to evaluate the impact of the program on student success and attitudes about school and college. Of the 107 students who participated in the program in 1986, 102 were sent follow-up surveys. These students were volunteers to the program, described as "academically enriched, college preparation"; 96.5% were Hispanic, and the rest were Asian and White. Study findings, based on a 69.6% response rate, included the following: (1) program participants had a retention rate of 92.5%, compared to 71.8% for other Bell students; (2) 69% of the respondents stated that the program had increased their interest in attending college; (3) 84.5% indicated an increased interest in learning following exposure to LAHC faculty; (4) 97.1% stated that they intended to complete a college degree; and (5) among aspects of the program which students liked the most were the "freedom" and the"atmosphere," while negative aspects included the 20-mile bus ride and the inability to participate in campus life. The survey instrument and cover letter are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Bound Students, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Followup Studies, High School Seniors, High School Students, High Schools, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Harbor Coll., Wilmington, CA. Office of Research and Development.