ERIC Number: ED466687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Longitudinal Evaluation of the Med-COR Program's Efforts To Improve Minority Students' Postsecondary Educational Opportunities and Health Career Participation. Part A: A Retrospective Study.
The Medical-Counseling, Organizing, and Recruiting (Med-COR) program is a project sponsored jointly by the University of California School of Medicine and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The program, which was organized to serve 4 inner city schools, has expanded to serve 42 middle schools and 34 high schools. The Med-COR programs major goals are to improve student academic performance and study skills, familiarize students with various health-related fields to increase the number of minorities employed in the medical field, and encourage the successful completion of postsecondary education. A 5-year longitudinal and cross-sectional evaluation is being conducted as a retrospective study of current 12th graders enrolled in Med-COR (n=108 in 2000-2001) and a prospective study of 8th graders entering Med-COR in Fall 2001. This report presents findings from the retrospective study. Almost 91% of the student respondents stated that they have a college plan, and a large majority (83%) had already applied to a college. No significant differences in educational outcomes were found for Med-COR program students and nonselected applicants, possibly because sample students from both groups were high ability students. More than half the respondents planned to continue their educations in medical and health-related fields, and about half indicated that they benefited from Med-COR presentations on a variety of topics. Data collected from the students and the programs learning facilitators indicate that the program is meeting its objectives, but some recommendations are made for program improvement, especially with regard to the use of staff time. Three appendixes list participating schools, provide student survey results, and contain learning facilitator survey data. (Contains 5 figures, 10 tables, and 5 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Program Evaluation and Research Branch.