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ERIC Number: ED414848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The National Evaluation of Upward Bound. Summary of First-Year Impacts and Program Operations. Executive Summary.
Myers, David E.; Moore, Mary T.
This monograph presents the executive summary of a study evaluating the first-year impacts and program operations of Upward Bound, a federal pre-college program designed to help economically disadvantaged students complete high school and gain access to post-secondary education. In 1996, 45,000 students participated in the program through projects offered by 601 grantees; the average cost per student was $3,800. Most students enter Upward Bound in ninth or tenth grade and participate in a multi-year program of weekly activities during the school year and an intensive summer program that simulates college. The study found two major impacts of Upward Bound--first, participating students expect to complete more schooling than similar students not in the program and, second, the program has a positive impact on the number of academic courses participants take. Other findings included: students who benefited most initially were those with lower academic expectations; Hispanic students appeared to benefit most from the program among racial/ethnic groups examined; the program showed no impact in the first year on participants' high school grades; many students left the program in the first year; and most Upward Bound projects focused on providing a rich and challenging program. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.; Educational Testing Service, Atlanta, GA.; Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Decision Information Resources, Inc., Houston, TX.