ERIC Number: ED414848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
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)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Access to Education, College Bound Students, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Rate, Economically Disadvantaged, Enrichment Activities, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Longitudinal Studies, Minority Groups, Noncollege Bound Students, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Educational Objectives
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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.