Monday, October 28, 2013
Evaluation of the College Possible Program
This paper reports the results of a randomized trial of the College
Possible program, which provides two years of college preparatory
work for high school juniors and seniors in Minneapolis and St.
Paul. The trial involved 238 students, including 134 who were
randomly selected for admission to the program. The results indicate
that the College Possible program significantly increased both
applications and enrollment to both four-year colleges and selective
four-year colleges; we estimate that initial enrollment at four-year
colleges increased by more than 15 percentage points for program
participants, but find little evidence of any effect of the program
on ACT performance or college enrollment overall.