A college degree is an essential milestone for any young person with aims of being a successful member of today’s workforce. However, many students experience obstacles to entering higher education. This is especially true for students who have left traditional education and are pursuing their High School Equivalency Diploma. CUNY Prep addresses the needs of this population with an innovative curriculum in which students take core courses in math, science, writing, and social studies. The goal of CUNY Prep is to offer out-of-school youth opportunities to pursue an alternative pathway to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma within a college-going culture.

REPS provides CUNY Prep with data support and evaluation services. REPS is in the planning stages of a comprehensive evaluation of the CUNY Prep pipeline that will use program information and CUNY administrative data. Three evaluations will guide the study.

Research Questions:

  1. What are the patterns of enrollment for CUNY Prep graduates who have matriculated into higher education institutions?
  2. What does the CUNY Prep pipeline look like? What are the current enrollment trends of CUNY Prep students from High School Equivalency Diploma to College Transition Academy to matriculating into higher education?
  3. How do CUNY Prep student outcomes in education and the workforce differ from comparable, non-CUNY Prep students?

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