ERIC Number: ED468140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Access Challenge: Indiana's Twenty-First Century Scholars Program. New Agenda Series [TM].
St. John, Edward P.; Musoba, Glenda Droogsma; Simmons, Ada B.; Chung, Choong-Geun
This report provides an overview of Indiana's Twenty-first Century Scholars Program and analyzes a state database to assess the impact of the program on college enrollment and persistence. The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program asks low-income eighth graders to make a commitment to take the necessary steps to prepare for college. In return, the state of Indiana provides support to students and their parents to help these teens prepare for college. The state also ensures that students in the program receive financial aid sufficient to cover tuition in-state tuition at an Indiana university or its equivalent at a private college. Overall, 65,599 students have been fully enrolled in the program since 1995. This study focused on the programs impact on students in the high school graduating class of 1999, about 2,590 students. Findings show that Scholars were more likely than non-Scholars to enroll in Indiana public and private colleges. Scholars and non-Scholars who received financial aid were more likely to persist during the freshman year than those who did not receive aid. Participation in the Scholars Program improved postsecondary opportunity for low-income students, playing a substantial role in college access in the 1990s in Indiana. (Contains 15 tables, 26 endnotes, and 41 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Bound Students, College Preparation, College Students, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Low Income Groups, Scholarships, Student Financial Aid
Lumina Foundation for Education, P.O. Box 1806, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1806. Tel: 800-834-5756 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/75027
IES Cited: ED506465