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ERIC Number: EJ788978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Education Dept. to End Controversial Study of Upward Bound
Field, Kelly
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n26 pA20 Mar 2008
Yielding to pressure from Congress and grant recipients, the U.S. Education Department has agreed to abandon a controversial evaluation of the Upward Bound (UB) college-preparation program. The study, which began last year, was designed to measure whether Upward Bound would have a bigger impact on college-going rates if it were refocused on students at greater risk of not pursuing a higher education. The program helps prepare low-income and first-generation students for college. Critics of the evaluation, which required grantees to enroll twice as many students as normal and then assign half of them to a control group, have charged the department with unethical practice. Citing a longitudinal study by a nonpartisan social-policy-research firm that found that most students who participated in Upward Bound were no more likely to attend college than others, supporters concluded that UB was serving too many high-achieving students, and that the program has lost its focus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act 1965