ERIC Number: ED465893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Education Maintenance Allowances. LSDA Reports.
Fletcher, Mick; Clay, Sara
The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) program was developed and offered in 3-year pilot projects that were designed to test whether extra funds would encourage more of England's young people from low-income families to participate in full-time education and training, stay on course for the duration of the program, and achieve their qualification aim. The EMA program's effectiveness was examined in an impact study of EMA recipients at six schools and further education (FE) colleges. Data were collected through questionnaires to program coordinators at each institution, follow-up telephone interviews with the program coordinators, and a site visit to one of the FE colleges. An update questionnaire was also e-mailed to institutions examined in the previous year's pilot study. All the institutions welcomed the EMA's introduction as a way of improving retention, and its positive effects on retention were already beginning to be evident at the time of the study. However, evidence of the EMA's impact on achievement was emerging only slowly. Several concerns regarding the EMA were raised, including concerns that the EMA increases institutions' administrative workload and may result in a reduction in learner support funds. However, the EMA appears to have assisted well-qualified students to enter FE and may have encouraged recipients to remain in school. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Administrator Attitudes, Adult Learning, College Students, Colleges, Definitions, Economically Disadvantaged, Enrollment Influences, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Full Time Students, Participation, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Holding Power, Student Financial Aid
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom, England (Reference no. R1160). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/pdf/R1160.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)