Education

Initial Evaluation Findings: Central Texas College Access and Persistence Programs

Initial Evaluation Findings:
Central Texas College Access and Persistence Programs
Tara Smith
Greg Cumpton
Initial Evaluation Findings: Central Texas College Access and Persistence Programs

Authors: Tara Smith and Greg Cumpton
Date:  May 31, 2012
Publication Type: Report. 47pp.


This report provides a process summary of the literature reviewed and the results of the service and demographic mapping conducted for the Austin College Access Network (ACAN) evaluation.  It draws on program documents and interviews with key leaders in ACAN member organizations to create profiles of three comprehensive college access and persistence programs in Central Texas. The report’s conclusion highlights schools and target populations that are not being well-served by current college access and persistence efforts in the region. Recommendations for better targeting community resources and services at those identified gaps focus on best practices from the literature and lessons learned from ACAN member organizations.
 

The Student Futures Project: Meeting the Need for Locally-based Education Research

The Student Futures Project: Meeting the Need for Locally-based Education Research

Author:
Greg Cumpton
Date
: April 2012
Publication Type: Research Brief

This research brief explains how the Student Futures Project meets the needs for locally-based research. The brief includes the motivation behind the research project, an overview of project components, and data on postsecondary transitions, student aspirations and enrollment.

 

Findings from the 2011 Senior Surveys

Findings from the 2011 Senior Surveys

Authors: Garry Davis and Greg Cumpton
Date: February 2012
Publication Type: Report. 81pp. 

This report discusses findings from the senior surveys conducted in the spring of 2011. Some notable student responses for the class of 2011 include when students first started thinking about college, how often during each week they studied for high school subjects, how well they felt their high school coursework prepared them for college coursework, and the types of colleges they applied to. This report also finds differences between 2009, 2010 and 2011 seniors’ responses on topics such as the amount of time spent working in paid employment outside of high school, their plans for postsecondary education, and their perceptions about the ease of applying for financial aid.

 

Study of Early Education in Texas: The Relationship of Pre-K Attendance to 3rd Grade Test Results

Study of Early Education in Texas: The Relationship of Pre-K Attendance to 3rd Grade Test Results

Authors: Aletha Huston, Anjali Gupta, and Deanna Schexnayder 
Date: March 2012 
Publication Type: Report. 51 pp.

 

Factors Associated with Education and Work after High School for the Classes of 2008 and 2009

Factors Associated with
Education and Work after High School
for the Classes of 2008 and 2009
Factors Associated with Education and Work after High School for the Classes of 2008 and 2009

Authors: Greg Cumpton, Deanna Schexnayder, and Christopher T. King; with assistance from Chandler Stolp
Date: February 2012
Publication Type: Report. 93pp.

This is the third report in a series examining factors linked to successful postsecondary transitions. This analysis builds upon information gained from previous years’ analyses surveyed 2006 and 2007 Central Texas graduates.
In this report, researchers identifed those factors - family background and influences, student characteristics, prehigh school and individual high school experiences - consistently associated with transitions to postsecondary education and employment outcomes, as well as those that vary depending upon the data source, time period or geographic area under study. Factors associated with populations of interest - Hispanic, low income and first-generation high school graduates - are also analyzed.  Researchers used several methods for their analysis to determine how robust these factors are across cohorts, data sources, locations, and model selection.

 

 


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