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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Upward Bound - Student Affairs
Student Affairs - Student Affairs Programs
Program Coordinator: ELZA MAJOR

Mission Statement
To generate in low-income and first-generation high school students, the skills and motivation necessary to complete secondary education and, enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education.
 
Student Learning Outcomes

Upward Bound participants will enroll in high school offered college preparatory classes (math, laboratory science, English and/or literature) at a rate greater than the Nevada high school average.
Student Performance IndicatorsAssessment Method
  • Program participants will provide high school course schedules to Upward Bound.
  • Upward Bound staff will review participant courses to determine the appropriateness for preparation for college entrance.

Upward Bound participants will graduate high school at a rate higher than the national rate of comparable non-Upward Bound (LI & FG) students.
Student Performance IndicatorsAssessment Method
  • Student will provide Upward Bound a copy of each semester high school report card throughout high school experience and a copy of the high school transcript and diploma upon graduation.
  • Upward Bound Program Coordinators will review participant report cards each semester to determine if each participant performing at the appropriate academic level to graduate high school and to meet the academic admissions requirements of the postsecondary institution.

Upward Bound participants will be admitted into a postsecondary institution at a rate higher than the national rate of comparable non-Upward Bound (LI & FG) students.
Student Performance IndicatorsAssessment Method
  • Participants will provide Upward Bound a copy of each postsecondary institution admission acceptance letter, no later than July 31, following graduation.
  • The Upward Bound Program Coordinators will review the postsecondary institution acceptance letters of each participant and place the copies in the permanent files of the respective participant.

 
Use of Results

Upward Bound is a federally funded program with specific participant outcome objectives. Those outcomes undergo both formative and summative evaluations according to specific timelines. The assessment data, will assist Upward Bound in identifying both weak and effective programming; identify possible requisite staff training; and indicated where funds will be better spent.

 
Implementation Plan
Student Learning Outcome: Enrollment in College Prep Classes
  1. All Upward Bound participants and parents are provided a comprehensive listing of high school classes that are recommended meet college admissions requirements upon being admitted to the Upward Bound Program. The Upward Bound Academic Counselor meets with participant and parent to develop a personalized schedule Student;
  2. of high school classes, by school year and semester, in which the participant will enroll to meet high school graduation requirements and college admission requirements;
  3. In February and March, the Upward Bound Academic Counselor assists each student individually in identifying the fall and spring semester classes to be taken to stay on the ''college preparatory'' track and schedule;
  4. If the participant is behind in college prep course work, the participant is advised to attend summer school to catch up;
  5. Participants register for fall and spring classes in March and April and turn in a copy of the classes for which they are registered to Upward Bound in April and May; and
  6. A copy of the class registration is maintained in the respective participant Upward Bound files and is removed only when a current high school transcript, covering the most recent classes is received. In most instances, the Program Management Assistant III maintains these files, for 10+ years or until the individual graduates with a Baccalaureate.
Student Learning Outcome: Grade Point Average
  1. At Upward Bound academic year and summer orientations participants and parents are informed about Program expectation concerning academic performance. Participant and parent sign an agreement that the participant will meet the academic standard for his or her class standing (i.e., will attend high school classes regularly, turn in all work and assignments, maintain a 3.50 citizenship GPA, and minimum 3.25 academic GPA);
  2. The Upward Bound Academic Counselors collects a monthly Academic and Behavioral Progress Report (ABPR) from each Upward Bound participant at the mandatory College Prep Session. Each high school teacher and the parent must sign the ABPR;
  3. Any participant not meeting the UB academic standard must meet with the UB Academic Counselor to determine corrective action. For each class below standard, the participant is referred to two hours of required tutoring and or study table until the respective class grade(s) meet the minimum 3.25 standard;
  4. If the standard is not met within a month, the participant is placed on probation and must meet with the UB Academic Counselor bi-weekly and turn in an ABPR;
  5. If the standard is not met by the end of the semester but the participant demonstrates progress he/she is continued on probation for one semester; and
  6. If no academic improvement is apparent the participant is subject to dismissal.
Student Learning Outcome: Juniors and seniors take the ACT or/and SAT.
  1. All juniors take the ACT or/and SAT fall or spring semester, using test fee waivers provided by the Upward Bound Director;
  2. Spring semester each junior submits her/his ACT and/or SAT scores to the Prospective Student Office or equivalent of the selected higher education institutions, with the assistance of the UB Academic Counselor and college student mentor. The UB Program Management Assistant III copies all materials for each participant and provides postage; and
  3. If ACT or SAT scores fall short of admissions requirements for higher education institutions of interest, the UB Academic Counselor may recommend that the senior participant retake the exam(s) fall semester, at Program expense, or select other higher education institutions within the participant academic reach.
Student Learning Outcome: Participant Application and Admission to at least one higher education institution.
  1. By November of the junior year each participant identifies and collects admission, academic major and minor, financial, housing and other pertinent information on least five higher education institutions of interest;
  2. With the assistance of the UB Academic Counselor and the college student mentors each participant completes a detailed analysis and comparison of each higher education institution;
  3. By October each junior and senior participant completes a local and internet search for scholarship for which he/she believes he/she qualifies;
  4. By November each senior applies for a minimum of five scholarships, dependent on individual talents, skills, knowledge, interests and contacts;
  5. By November of the senior year each participant will submit at least two higher education institution applications, to schools of interest and to the University of Nevada. The University of Nevada waives the admission application fee for Upward Bound participants, SAT provides admissions fee waivers for many higher education institutions, and Upward Bound Director can pay the admission application fee for one institution, upon recommendation by the UB Academic Counselor;
  6. In January, all senior participants will complete and submit the electronic FAFSA via Internet or paper FAFSA, using actual or projected parent and participant income information; and
  7. In March, all active seniors are invited to participate in a Senior Retreat, wherein the Academic Counselor, Program Management Assistant III and Director complete a review of each senior's college application status and assess the participants' financial, procedural and emotional preparedness. Upward Bound and other University staff members provide high School to College transitional workshops.

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University of Nevada, Reno
Last Program Update: 6/28/2012