Upward Bound Professionals Perspectives on Best Practices Related to Retaining Student Participants Throughout the Program
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Research Purpose: The purpose of this research is to design and execute a study that describes the perspectives of current Upward Bound professionals over links between best practices and Upward Bound student retention.
Methods: This descriptive study employed a survey of current Upward Bound professionals within the state of Texas. The survey questions were designed by operationalizing the conceptual framework found within scholarly literature.
Results: The results of the survey show; Upward Bound professionals most commonly agree with the activities and programming associated with academic support and social influences. Mixed results were found within the structural effect questions. More specifically, questions associated with accountability received the highest number of respondents to answer there would be no effect or decrease likelihood of student retention.
Full Disclosure: Given the researchers experience as a TRIO alumni and previous employment with an Upward Bound program, there is the possibility that the results and overall tone of this research to be biased.