College Readiness among Students who Attended an Enrichment Program
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ProgramMasters of Education
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College preparation programs -- Research
After-school programs -- Research
Education, Secondary -- Research
Many studies have found that enrichment programs help students to improve academically, socially and personally in terms of college success and matriculation (Bernhardt, 2013; Contreras, 2011; Gullatt & Jan, 2011; Venezia, & Jaeger, 2013). The purpose of this study was to describe the perceptions of academic, social and personal preparedness and adjustment in college of students who did and did not participate in an enrichment program(s) intended to help them succeed in college. A descriptive survey was completed voluntarily online by the enrichment group, and respondents were asked to select a peer in their program of study whom s/he believed did not attend a college preparatory enrichment program to complete the survey also. However, only participants who received enrichment completed the survey and took part in the follow-up interview. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the findings and the original comparisons intended were not able to be made. All participants rated items using a six point scale to indicate how academically, socially, and personally prepared they felt they were for college, and using a four point scale to indicate how satisfied they were with their college. Participants also had opportunities to state what aspects of their enrichment experience were helpful in college and from those participants a subsample who was interviewed stated that they wanted to remain an active part of the program, suggesting such programs are helpful.