ACT Profile, launched by ACT Inc., is a new website that allows students to explore possible career paths and college options that align with individual student's strengths, interests, and values. The site includes interest inventories, a college search section, and a section that allows students to develop an electronic portfolio. ACT Profile is available for free to anyone over 13 years of age and can be accessed through Facebook and Twitter.
Transition: High School to College
On August 15, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center at the American Institutes for Research and the American Youth Policy Forum co-hosted a Webinar, “Transforming Remediation: Understanding the Research, Policy, and Practice”. A brief summary of the webinar is available
Hillsboro High School has been chosen as the first school in Tennessee, and among one of 27 in the nation, to offer a career-related International Baccalaureate program. Students in the program will be able to earn an International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) and take IB courses with a career focus. IBCC will serve as a supplemental track to the IB Diploma Program at Hillsboro, where students are required to complete rigorous coursework, pass six subject area exams, conduct research, and engage in community service.
Data suggests that the Postsecondary Success Collaborative, a program aimed to smooth the transition from high school to college, has increased college enrollment rates. Target high schools participating in the initiative saw a 12% increase in the number of students enrolling in college. The initiative provides school districts with a $5.1 million grant with participants agreeing to use the funds to "coordinate academic programs, align K-12 curriculums with postsecondary and workforce requirements, and engage community groups".
This third year follow-up study evaluated the impact of Upward Bound, a federally-funded precollegiate program that aims to assist economically disadvantaged students prepare for, enter and succeed in college. Students were randomly assigned into Upward Bound and control groups. The study found that although Upward Bound students were not more likely to attend post-secondary institutions or earned more credits, the study does suggest that Upward Bound may increase the likelihood of attending a four-year post-secondary institution.
This report evaluates the effectiveness of six types of school-to-career (STC) programs, with specific focus on participation resulting in increased post-secondary college enrollment or employment. National longitudinal survey data were analyzed to assess the results. The study indicated that some STC programs (school enterprises) increase post-secondary college enrollment, other programs (cooperative education and internships/apprenticeships) increase post-secondary employment, and Tech Prep reduces post-secondary college enrollment but may increase post-secondary employment.
This research report provides results from a longitudinal study of GED test-takers from a 2003 cohort of approximately one-half million candidates. Data were obtained from the GEDTS International Database (IDB) and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), a nonprofit organization. About one third of GED test passers enrolled in 2-year colleges. These enrolles tended to have higher GED test scores than non-enrollees, although the effect size was small.
This study evaluates the impact of the Quantum Opportunity Program (QOP), a case management and mentoring program for high school students aimed at increasing high school graduation rates and college enrollment. It was found that sites implementing the QDP model generally did not meet enrollee needs for education or support services, and most enrollees attended fewer program activities, though there was significant variability by site.
Upward Bound is one of the largest and longest-running federal programs designed to help disadvantaged students prepare for, enter, and succeed in college. This report is the last in a series of study reports from the Upward Bound evaluation. Data collected included surveys, high school and post-secondary transcripts, and data on Upward Bound participation. Results indicated that Upward Bound increased the likelihood of earning a post-secondary certificate or license from a vocational school.