ERIC Number: ED416267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Project Choice was begun with the goal of increasing the number of inner-city students who graduate on time. Ewing M. Kauffman and his business and foundation associates designed and elected to test a model that used the promise of postsecondary education or training as the incentive to stay in school. This report details the evolution of Project Choice from its planing phase in 1987 through 1996 when members of the first Choice class in Kansas City (Kansas) and Kansas City (Missouri) began graduating from four-year institutions. It describes the successes and the failures, traces the changes that were made in the program to respond the needs of students, their parents, and their schools, and it presents project outcomes. Of the 1,394 students who signed up for Project Choice between 1988 and 1992, 147 moved out of the participating school districts, 397 dropped out of school, 78 did not graduate on time, and 767 did graduate on time. Of these 767, 709 continued their educations, with 322 enrolled in two-year community colleges or vocational training, and 387 enrolled in four-year colleges. The 10 major lessons from the Project were that: (1) inner-city students can succeed; (2) support services are essential; (3) flexibility is key; (4) the attention of caring adults means more than the promise of postsecondary education; (5) kids need ongoing rewards and recognition; (6) parents count; (7) high school graduation is not an end; (8) incentive is expensive; (9) schools will opt out of the game when they are not full team members from the beginning; and (10) permanence requires community partnership. Appendixes provide information about project outcomes, costs, evaluations, agreements, and staff. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Missouri