Report Card: Making the Grade

In August 2012, Avenue Scholars Foundation entered a three-year, independent program evaluation conducted by Dr. Jeanette Harder, Ph.D. and team from the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work. Initial results are shown below.

High School Highlights

  • 96% graduation rate compared to 74% of other free-reduced lunch qualified students
  • 93% began postsecondary education compared to 56% of other free-reduced lunch qualified students
  • 92% of students improved their grade point average
  • 69% of students improved their Hope quotient as measured by the Gallup Hope, Wellness and Engagement Survey
  • Girls scored highest in both Math and English content areas
  • Hispanic student grades improved the most
  • Math is the most difficult subject area for students, with 95% of students testing in developmental classes in Math when enrolling in college

College Highlights

  • 93% entered college compared to 56% of other free-reduced lunch qualified students
  • 79% of students completed their first year of college compared to 50% of other free-reduced lunch qualified students. Hispanic students were most likely to stay active in the program
  • Attrition of 21% of students was highest for black students followed closely by white students
  • 73% of students increased their Hope quotient as measured by Gallup Hope, Wellness and Engagement Survey
  • Female and Hispanic students had better grades in high school, better attendance and better Hope scores
  • Most students began their college careers in developmental Math courses (94%), Reading courses (75%) or Writing courses (69%)
  • Grade point averages for the first three quarters of community college were 2.05, 2.17 and 2.13 respectively, following the completion of developmental classes
  • Hispanic students were the most likely to be employed
  • 39% of employed students worked 1-20 hours, 41% worked 21-30 hours and 20% worked more than 30 hours

Student Feedback

Results of the Youth Satisfaction Survey and a qualitative Focus Group study showed that students were more hopeful and motivated as a result of their relationship with their Avenue Scholars Talent Advisor. Students strongly agreed that they had become better students and would recommend Avenue Scholars to a friend.

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