U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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HEA: TRIO Student Support Services - 2004

Program Goal: Increase the percentage of low-income, first-generation college students who successfully pursue postsecondary education opportunities.
Objective 8.1 of 1: Increase postsecondary persistence and completion rates of low-income, first-generation individuals in the academic pipeline.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 1: Postsecondary persistence and completion: Percentages of Student Support Services participants persisting and completing a degree at the same institution.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Student Support Services (SSS): College persistence (percent) and completion (percent)
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
College Persistence College Completion
College Persistence College Completion
67 29
67 29
67 29
67 29
68 29.50
68.50 30

Explanation: Data from the national evaluation of SS S provides the baseline data. The performance reports are and will be used to determine if the performance targets are met. The long-term goals for SSS were to increase the persistence and completion rates to 70% and 31%, respectively, by 2007; however, due to the fact that we have exceeded these goals we will be meeting to set new goals by Jan. 1,05. The college completion baseline of 29% includes only SSS students who remain at the same school through graduation. It has been set at this level because the annual performance reports will only report the academic progress of SSS participants that remain at the grantee institution. The national evaluation indicates that 68% of SSS participants complete at least an Associates degree at any college within 6 years. The long-term goal is intended to increase this rate to 70%. We will be able to report on college completion for the year 2003-2004 in Sept. 05. Note that because we will be reporting on cohorts there will not be data for college completion for the years 00-01, 01-02, and 02-03.  
Additional Source Information: Performance reports

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: September 2005
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
No formal verification of performance report data. The data are self-reported.

Limitations: The national evaluation provided baseline data for SSS and also provides data on appropriate comparison groups. However, the evaluation cannot be used to measure program improvements on an annual basis.


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