Dropout Prevention and College Prep

Bridget Terry Long

in Targeting Investments in Children

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780226475813
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226475837 | DOI:
Dropout Prevention and College Prep

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The benefits of education are substantial in terms of both monetary and nonmonetary returns. Investments in high school dropout prevention and college preparatory programs could greatly reduce poverty by addressing these major leaks in the educational pipeline. This chapter reviews high school dropout prevention and college preparatory programs with the goal of summarizing the available research. It continues by giving additional background on the problems: the considerable numbers who drop out of high school, the low college entry rates among some groups, and the insufficient postsecondary preparation of many high school graduates. Major initiatives and programs that target high school dropout prevention and college preparation are also discussed. Several of the evaluations conclude that systemic, longitudinal interventions have been more successful, with the effects increasing with prolonged involvement in a program. Interventions providing a variety of services including instruction, counseling, and intensive summer activities have been found to have had positive effects.

Keywords: school dropout prevention; college entry rates; longitudinal interventions; counseling; summer activities

Chapter.  14605 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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