ERIC Number: ED360886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Programs To Promote College Attendance That Combine Services and Financial Aid. A RAND Note.
Robyn, Abby E.; And Others
This study explored the range of service program approaches to promote college attendance, described typical programs, and reviewed issues related to program evaluation. A reputational sample of programs was obtained through interviews with 5 national higher-education organizations and 10 state departments of education, and through a literature review. Phone interviews were conducted with 24 program officers to gather information about how programs were established and their operation, funding, and assessment. The analysis found that programs are typically designed to address a number of factors negatively associated with attending college, including low income, low level of parent education, minority race and ethnicity, lack of college aspirations, poor academic achievement, and lack of information about college costs and financial aid. Most target low-income and/or minority students. Programs usually have a primary focus, such as increasing knowledge about college and financial options, promoting awareness of attending college, or fostering persistence once in college. Activities include cultural enrichment (events, mentors, summer and after-school programs); academic enrichment; educational and financial counseling; and financial incentives. The study also found that little is known about program effectiveness as evaluations are rare and usually focus on process measures. Contains program descriptions and 18 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Attendance, College Students, Economically Disadvantaged, High School Students, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Inst. on Education and Training.