ERIC Number: ED341341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-13
Thinking about College: A First Step in Early Intervention.
An evaluation was done of a precollege intervention program that aimed at introducing ninth graders to the idea of going to college, and to challenge them to think about and make a commitment to attending college. The program brought 450 mostly Black and Hispanic ninth graders from an inner-city school district to visit a mid-sized rural university where they met with university administrators, faculty and students and participated in seminars on issues facing adolescents and on attending college. A further program component provided monetary rewards to students for passing grades in school. Those funds were then deposited into an scholarship account for later use at any institution of higher education. A summative evaluation using a Likert type scale was conducted on all participants after the campus visit. A short structured interview on program satisfaction was also conducted with a randomly selected group. The results showed that 97 percent of participants were interested in attending college, and that 96 percent thought that college attendance would create more opportunities in life. Also, the seminars at the college received high ratings with the overall program's ability to answer questions about college receiving a 96 percent positive rating. Included are two figures, a table and eight references. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, At Risk Persons, Black Youth, College Bound Students, College Choice, College Day, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Demonstration Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Grade 9, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Inner City, School Business Relationship, School Community Programs, Student Educational Objectives, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 13-15, 1991).