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ERIC Number: ED564094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Summer Outreach with Near-Age Peer Mentors: A Randomized Experiment to Improve the Transition to College
Schneider, Barbara; Broda, Michael; Judy, Justina
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Although students leave high school stating their plans to continue their education, some lack the information and strategies to successfully navigate a successful transition to college. This paper presents results from a randomized study that is part of a larger, quasi-experimental intervention, the College Ambition Program (CAP). The embedded study targeted graduating high school students to receive additional support through the use of near-age peer mentoring during the summer prior to beginning college. This study expects to contribute to existing theoretical and empirical research on the attrition trends for students expecting to continue on to college during the summer. Given that similar studies have found positive effects for this type of intervention during the summer, and taking advantage of the larger on-going intervention with multiple years of data on students in the CAP treatment schools, researchers examine what type of student is more likely to take advantage of this type of support over the summer. This study is best described as a pretest, posttest, experimental design. Graduating twelfth grade students at the eight high schools in the CAP study who had indicated their postsecondary plans were randomized into the treatment or control conditions. The three primary sources of data are: (1) a senior exit survey that was given to all graduating 12th grade students prior to the start of the randomized study; (2) mentor contact logs that were completed during the course of the intervention; and (3) postsecondary enrollment data provided by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). With respect to participation in the summer intervention, mentors reached out via email and phone to all students in the treatment group. The response rate of actually reaching the students in the treatment group was, on average, just over 50 percent. The study is ongoing at the time of this report. A table is appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 12
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Michigan