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ERIC Number: EJ869814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
What Works in College Outreach: Assessing Targeted and Schoolwide Interventions for Disadvantaged Students
Domina, Thurston
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v31 n2 p127-152 2009
By offering information, counseling, and tutoring, college outreach programs attempt to smooth the path between high school and higher education for at-risk students. But do these program work? This paper uses longitudinal data from the Education Longitudinal Study to construct two quasi-experiments to assess the effectiveness of college outreach. The first compares outreach program participants with a propensity score matched sample of program non-participants to measure the effects of targeted college outreach programs. The second assesses the effects of school-wide college outreach programs by comparing students in school-wide outreach high schools with students in a matched sample of high schools that offer no formal outreach. The results suggest that targeted outreach programs do little to change the educational experiences of participating students. However, there is limited evidence to suggest that school-wide outreach programs may have modest "spillover" effects, improving the educational outcomes of relatively unengaged students at participating schools. (Contains 5 notes, 7 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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