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