Document Number: 5570Value Added: The Costs and Benefits of College Preparatory Programs - This cost-benefit analysis provides research and recommendations for policymakers to maximize the effectiveness of pre-college preparatory programs. Included in the suggestions is the need for high-quality information to conduct high-quality analysis and the consideration of intangible factors and outcomes, including costs associated with the program that arenít always calculated. Equally important is the need to focus on both long- and short-term impacts of college-prep programs. While short-term impacts such as program retention or gradepoint averages of participants are valuable indicators, the longer-term outcomes that track the effects of outreach programs are ultimately more indicative of program success. (Watson Scott Swail, Educational Policy Institute, November 2004)...
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