Evaluation by ACT

The odds of enrolling in college are 85% higher for Career & College Clubs
students than for students in a comparison group.  

 

ACT, Inc., the firm responsible for the ACT test, has monitored growth and impact of Career & College Clubs for several years.  Their most recent publication, a technical brief published in July 2015, tracked students who completed Career & College Clubs to determine the program’s impact on college enrollment.

The data shows that, in fact, Career & College Clubs students do enroll at a significantly higher rate than a random sample of comparable, underserved public middle school students.

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The July 2015 report builds on a previous report from June 2013:  Promising Results: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Career & College Clubs 

Report Highlights

Career & College Clubs targets at-risk students.

  • 91% of students at Career & College Clubs sites are from racial/ethnic minorities; 71% are Hispanic.
  • 63% of students’ mothers at Career & College Clubs sites, and 62% of fathers, have no postsecondary education experience.

Students who participate directly in Career & College Clubs have higher aspirations than their peers.

  • They are more likely to plan on taking a core curriculum in high school that consists of four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of social science, and three years of natural science.
  • They are more likely to aspire to a four year postsecondary degree, or higher.
  • They are more likely to aspire to careers in science and technology.

Career & College Clubs has a school-wide impact.

  • For schools that participated in the program for more than one year, there are statistically significant, school-wide increases in the percentage of students planning to take a core curriculum in high school, as well as the percentage of students planning to go college.
  • The percentage of students who have not made any postsecondary plans is lower in the schools served by Career & College Clubs than for all schools.

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