ERIC Number: ED481459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
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 B: Graduate Follow-Up Study.
Maddahian, Ebrahim; Barrera, Lourdes
The Medical-Counseling, Organizing, and Recruiting (Med-COR) program is a project sponsored by the University of California School of Medicine and the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide career information and experience in the health professions for middle school and high school students. This study evaluated the impact of the Med-COR program by concentrating on three factors pertaining to program graduates: current education, student opinions, and socioeconomic status. The 2001 class of 106 students was surveyed by mail with specific questions about their current higher education status, opinions about the program's impact, and their family size and income. Responses were received from 57 students. Findings show that Med-COR graduates immediately pursued higher education, with nearly all students enrolled in 2-year or 4-year institutions. A large percentage (42%) were pursuing majors related to health and medical careers. Academic support in high school courses, study habits, and college preparation assignments were the most commonly stated opinions about the program's impact. Other forms of impact identified were specific forms of motivational support, career and university preparation, and work experience in the medical field. Nearly two-thirds of program participants belonged to low-income families. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Program Evaluation and Research Branch.