Upward Bound Advocates Call for ‘Corrections’ to Report on Program’s Outcomes

Upward Bound advocates are asking the Education Department to make changes in a three-year-old report that they say has resulted in years of stagnant funds for the federal college-preparation program. In a “request for correction” submitted today, the Council for Opportunity in Education argues that the report, in which Mathematica Policy Research Inc. dubbed the program “ineffective,” was plagued by design flaws and group-bias issues.

The request is being supported by several researchers, as well as the Education Department leader whose unit conducted the study (now a researcher at the Council for Opportunity in Education).

The longitudinal study, which the Education Department commissioned 20 years ago, has prompted a continuing debate about the goals of Upward Bound, a college-prep program for low-income and first-generation students that has been around since the mid-1960s.

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