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Policy Briefs

Improving Urban Education: Effective Family Partnerships

The Center for College Access and Success (CCAS) of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) has developed an approach to building family partnerships that is based on CCAS’s collaborative work with schools and communities, informed by the body of research on the relationship between parental involvement and student success
(Estes, 1997) and grounded in the belief that adult learners are self-directed, goal-oriented, and capable (Moll, et al., 2001). CCAS programs build on the fact that adult learners have “accumulated a growing reservoir of experience, which is a rich source for learning” (Knowles, 1980).

Discover how our approach has developed in twenty years of working directly with parents. To read the entire brief, click here.

Pairing Motivational Interviewing with Adventure-Challenge Education: A Promising Strategy for Improving High School Retention

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are faced with an alarming dropout rate, with nearly the same number of students leaving school as graduating. Graduation rates vary among schools, from 95% for selective high schools to less than half of that for neighborhood high schools in high poverty communities. This problem extends to middle school as it is estimated that 18% of these students leave school before they finish 8th grade.

In order for learning to take place, students must consider schools to be safe learning environments. This means we must re-examine how discipline is carried out in school, while keeping students engaged and attached to the school. To read the entire brief, click here.


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Program Summary: Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a college preparatory program that provides
fundamental support to high school students in their
pursuit of post-secondary education. Most students served
by this TRIO1 program are from low-income families where
neither parent holds a college degree. The goal of Upward
Bound is to increase the rate at which these students
enroll in and complete programs of post-secondary education.

NEIU’s program has been providing services to college-bound students since 1989. It is one of over 900 Upward Bound programs nationwide. To read the entire summary, click here.