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HEA: TRIO Student Support Services - FY 2005

CFDA Number: 84.042A - TRIO Student Support Services

Program Goal: Increase the percentage of low-income, first-generation college students who successfully pursue postsecondary education opportunities.

Objective 1 of 1: Increase postsecondary persistence and completion rates of low-income, first-generation individuals in the academic pipeline.
Indicator 1.1 of 1: Postsecondary persistence and completion: Percentages of Student Support Services participants persisting and completing a degree at the same institution.
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: The percentage of TRIO Student Support Services participants persisting and completing a degree at the same institution.
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
69 30.50
69.50 30.50
70 31

Source: Evaluation, Higher Education.
Section: The National Evaluation of Upward Bound: Summary of First-year Impacts and Program Operations (1997) .

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: December 2005

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
The baseline data from the National Study of the Student Support Services Program met the data collection standards of the Department of Education. The persistence rate is calculated by measuring the average fall to spring one-year persistence for undergraduate students. The annual performance report comprises self-reported data; a variety of data quality checks are used to assess the completeness and reasonableness of the data submitted.
Explanation: Trend data indicate that persistence rates for TRIO Student Support Services participants have increased from FY 1999-02. Data from the national study of the Student Support Services Program provided the baseline(1999 actual performance). The re-designed Student Support Services' annual performance report was used to determine if the performance targets for college persistence were met. The six-year college completion baseline of 29% included only SSS students who remained at the same school through graduation. It was set at this level because the annual performance reports only reported the academic progress of SSS participants that remained at the grantee institution. Preliminary data showed that the graduation rate of SSS participants who were college freshmen in 2001-02 was 12%. This rate was calculated after four years (not six years as with the baseline data) and did not include those SSS participants who completed an associate's degree within four years. Thus, we expected the graduation rate to increase as additional years of data became available. The first year for which completion data will be available is FY 2003-04.

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