WMU Upward Bound Evaluation


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.

n year 1 KSO will pilot the Marvelous Music! program (which is aimed at preschool children and their parents) and they will need formative evaluation to examine implementation of the program, its design, and so forth. Year 2 will also be primarily formative and year 3 will be summative and include an outcome and costs evaluation

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