Transition: High School to College

ACT Profile Aims to Help Students Find Career and College Direction

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.

Transforming Postsecondary Remediation Webinar Follow-Up Questions: Part 1 – Placement Test Models and Effectiveness

IB Program at Hillsboro Makes Significant Gains

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.

Bridging the Gap

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".

The Impacts of Regular Upward Bound: Results from the Third Follow-up Data Collection

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.

The Effects of School-to-Career Programs on Post-Secondary Enrollment and Employment

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. 

GED® Tests Passers in Postsecondary Institutions of Up to Two Years: Following Up on Enrollment and Graduation

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. 

The Quantum Opportunity Program Demonstration: Final

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.

The Impacts of Regular Upward Bound on Postsecondary Outcomes Seven to Nine years After Scheduled High School Graduation

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.


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