Upward Bound is a TRIO program with the Department of Education. They have a location in the Schwartz Center on the Kent campus. Upward Bound is designed to support high school students throughout high school and into college. They provide a support system as well as tutoring during the school year. There are three divisions of Upward Bound; Classic, Public Health, and Math/Science. The distinction here is important since each division caters to different schools. The research done is based solely on the Classic division of Upward Bound. The classic division is also the largest of the three Upward Bound programs. Hence the data collected from this division will be plentiful and result in more accurate results. So just how effective is this program? By going back ten-years and collecting the GPAs of students who maintained attendance all four years of high school we can get a glimpse of how efficient Upward Bound is for students. Excluding the students who did not attend the program the four consecutive years will eliminate potential outliers in the data. Looking at whether or not students proceeded to college upon graduation is just as relevant since this is a pre-college program. Over the course of a semester the data collected was sorted and analyzed. In future semesters, this data will be reanalyzed and approached using new parameters.
To determine how useful pre-college programs are for high school students its best to let the data tell us. Over the course of a semester, the data collected from the pre-college program, Upward Bound, was analyzed to determine its effectiveness for students. Since there are three different divisions of Upward Bound connected to Kent State University, the group was narrowed down to the participants of the Classic Upward Bound program. The Classic division is the largest division of Upward Bound in Ohio, so there was a plethora of data to be analyzed. The GPAs of the students who continued with the program all four years of high school were recorded. Their college status upon graduation was also a key factor to determine Upward Bound’s efficiency.