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ERIC Number: ED524207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 182
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-5832-4
Fulfilling The Pittsburgh Promise[R]: Early Progress of Pittsburgh's Postsecondary Scholarship Program. Monograph
Gonzalez, Gabriella C.; Bozick, Robert; Tharp-Taylor, Shannah; Phillips, Andrea
RAND Corporation
This report presents a detailed assessment of the extent to which "The Pittsburgh Promise"--a postsecondary education scholarship intended to remedy the area's population decline, foster high school completion and college readiness among Pittsburgh district students, and prepare a capable and energetic workforce for the city--has met its goals to date and offers recommendations for improving the program's short- and long-term effectiveness. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods were used to address questions concerning (1) changes in enrollment in PPS district (traditional and charter) schools, (2) the effect of The Promise on parents' decisions to send their children to district schools, (3) its effect on students' attitudes toward completing high school and going on to postsecondary education, (4) changes in rates of enrollment and persistence in postsecondary institutions since the inception of The Promise, and (5) what can be learned from progress to date to inform future improvements. The results of the analyses are synthesized to develop a conceptual model that Promise administrators can use to ensure continual improvements and to evaluate the extent to which the program is meeting its goals in the coming years. Appended are: (1) Promise-Type Scholarship Programs Across the United States; (2) Description of PPS Enrollment Data; (3) Parent Survey Technical Notes; (4) Student Focus Group Technical Notes; (5) Methodology and Elaborated Results for PPS District Enrollment and Parent Survey Analyses; and (6) Data Used, Methodology, and Elaborated Findings of Postsecondary Education Analyses. Individual chapters include footnotes. A bibliography is included. (Contains 22 figures and 25 tables.) [This report was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Promise[R].]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Education
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; United States