Understanding the Landscape of College Outreach Service Programs in Southern California
Principal Investigator: Estela Zarate
Funder: The Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation
Study Purpose: To capture the different types of college access outreach programs in Southern California
Study Design: The initial phase of the study surveyed the landscape of
college access programs by interviewing program administrators in Southern
California, the majority situated in Anaheim and Santa Ana.
- College advising outreach programs
are expensive to implement; they typically do not engage parents, and they do
not follow students to see how they fare in the future.
- Outreach programs that are
individualized seem to be very effective but also are costly and labor intensive.
- Outreach programs should invest in
on-going evaluation; many outreach programs thrive because they invest in
assessment and evaluation to fund their programs and evaluations and
assessments are crucial to funding and development.