ERIC Number: ED414824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
College Bound. 1989-1992. The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, FIPSE Final Report.
Ladd, George T.
This document reviews the experiences of College Bound, a joint four-year Boston Public Schools/Boston College enrichment and support program for multicultural, urban, public high school students. The program was designed to supplement the regular high school curriculum and was intended to refine basic skills, stimulate critical thinking and problem solving, motivate achievement, and raise the self-esteem, leadership, college, and career aspirations of participating students. The report notes that 63 percent of the first group enrolled (class of 92), completed the program, graduated from high school, and entered college. Among the elements mentioned as critical to the program are: (1) commitment of the high school to the program; (2) designation of a key individual from the school to maintain close contact with students, their families, their teachers, and university personnel; (3) on-going contact with participating students year-round; and (4) assignments planned around needed critical skills (e.g., reading across content areas, critical writing and analytical skills, and strong communication skills). Also noted are the importance of introducing high school students to time management and planning, and of challenging students to fulfill high expectations. Tables give program components, demographic information, and Scholastic Aptitude Test results. Additional information on the College Bound program is appended.(BF)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Academic Persistence, College Bound Students, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Critical Reading, Curriculum Enrichment, Educationally Disadvantaged, Enrichment Activities, High Risk Students, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Leadership Training, Mentors, Minority Groups, Problem Solving, School Holding Power, Test Wiseness, Urban Schools, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill, MA. School of Education.
IES Cited: ED506465