Sponsor: US Department of Education & WMU Division of Multicultural Affairs
Principal Investigator: Jason Burkhardt
June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2017
Evaluation of Western Michigan University’s Upward Bound Program. Click here to learn more about the program.
About the Upward Bound Program
Upward Bound targets youths between 13 and 19 years old (grades 9 through 12) who have experienced low academic success. High school students from low-income families whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree or military veterans with only a high school degree are eligible to participate. The program’s goal is to increase the rates at which the targeted students enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions by providing fundamental support such as help with the college admissions process and assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations. It engages participating students in an extensive, multi-year program designed to provide academic, counseling, and tutoring services along with a cultural enrichment component, all of which enhance their regular school program prior to entering college. Most Upward Bound programs also provide participants with a college experience through a five- to eight-week, full-time residential summer program at a postsecondary institution. The summer experience is reinforced with weekly tutorial and mentoring services during the school year.