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ERIC Number: ED508924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 52
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Assessing the Use and Impact of ECMC Foundation's Realizing the College Dream Curriculum
Miller, Abby; Smith, Chandra Taylor
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
In 2004 ECMC Foundation published a guide called "Realizing the College Dream" (RTCD) which is designed for educators and staff to help low-income, first-generation college, middle and high school students increase their expectations of attending postsecondary education, and take steps to realize this goal. While ECMC Foundation trainings and downloads reveal who has received the guide, they cannot tell how the guide has been used by professionals as they interact with students and their families. In order to ascertain the usage, effectiveness and value of the materials, ECMC Foundation commissioned this study from The Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education. The goal of this study is to learn how well the materials have been used since their distribution through trainings, the website, and other channels. Respondents to the ECMC Foundation/Pell Institute "Realizing the College Dream" usage survey have reached a total of nearly 30,000 students and parents, and several programs have reached over 1,000 individuals each. This evaluation demonstrates that "Realizing the College Dream" is among the timely and effective tools that contribute to a national goal of improving the American economy by improving the educational system. Appendices include: (1) Survey Instrument; (2) Telephone Interview Guide; and (3) Response Rate. (Contains 15 charts and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education