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Examining the Effectiveness of the College Bound Program

Early Findings

Published Feb 27, 2013

by Vi-Nhuan Le, Louis T. Mariano, Susannah Faxon-Mills

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There has been growing interest in out-of-school time programs as a means of increasing traditionally underrepresented youths' awareness of, access to, and graduation from college. This study examines the impact of one such intervention, the College Bound (CB) program, on students' behavioral, achievement, and postsecondary outcomes that should be of interest to practitioners, researchers and funders hoping to increase the rate at which low income students prepare, enroll and persist in postsecondary education.

The study has two goals: (1) to examine the relationship between students' participation in the program and their achievement and behavioral outcomes; and (2) to provide feedback on ways to improve the program as it develops. Using standardized test scores, course grades, and St. Louis, this report presents outcomes for seven cohorts of CB participants.

The research described in this report was prepared for TG and the College Bound Program and conducted by RAND Education.

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