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Vouchers Boosting College Enrollment
Eagleye Blog ^ | August 25, 2012 | Bethany Stotts

Posted on 08/25/2012 6:05:48 PM PDT by eagleye85

A recent study issued by the Brookings Institution and the Harvard Kennedy School examines how a voucher program boosted college enrollment rates among African Americans. However, according to the study’s authors, the New York City voucher program run by the School Choice Scholarships Foundation Program (SCSF) did not demonstrate a significant impact on participant’s enrollment in college overall.

“We find no overall impacts on college enrollments, but we do find large, statistically significant positive impacts on the college going of African American students who participated in the study,” state the researchers, Matthew M. Chingos and Professor Paul E. Peterson in their research (pdf).

The researchers compared National Student Clearinghouse college enrollment data with information collected by SCSF, allowing them to track approximately 99% of the original students. “Of the 2,666 students in the original study, the information needed to match the data was available for 2,642, or 99.1 percent of the original sample,” they write.

They continue,

“The original data for the analysis come from an experimental evaluation of the privately funded New York School Choice Scholarships Foundation Program (SCSF), which in the spring of 1997 offered three-year scholarships worth up to a maximum of $1,400 annually to as many as 1,000 low-income families with children who were either entering first grade or were public school students about to enter grades two through five.”

“Our estimates indicate that using a voucher to attend private school increased the overall college enrollment rate among African Americans by 24 percent,” write Chingos and Peterson.

While increasing college enrollment is a worthy goal, this measure does not indicate whether the additional students pursuing further education will succeed in college–or whether they will graduate and go on to have jobs and pay their student debt.

As I noted in May 2010, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which surveyed 47 historically-black colleges and universities,

“… found in its 2009 report that, ‘The average percent of first-time full-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students in Fall 2005 returning in 2006 was 63%.’ (This number would not include non-degree-seeking students at community colleges who chose not to return.)”

“However, there was a wide variation in retention among the TMCF-surveyed institutions. For example, they report, ‘Howard University retained 85% of their students follow by Florida A&M University at 81% and Albany State University at 80%…’ whereas Langston University retained ‘under half of their students.’”

While enrolling more students at universities and colleges is a worthy goal, we need to make sure the institutions they attend will serve students well enough to give them degrees that provide workforce skills.

Once these additional students get to college, they find themselves enrolled in courses where professors consider popular icons such as 1990’s singer Erykah Badu persons of interest for coursework. Yes, when working at Accuracy in Academia we found a professor who assigned Badu’s “Afro” piece as part of her course:

“The skit, which [Professor Akua Duku Anokye] regularly uses to introduce her courses, recounts a woman’s anger at her boyfriend for rescinding his promise to take her to the Wu-Tang concert. After her mother tells her that the boyfriend went to the concert anyway and sundry calls to his pager elicit no reply, the angry protagonist declares that she is ‘gonna take that hoe back, daddy, yes I will.’ It contains such inspiring observations as ‘You need to pick your afro daddy/Because it’s flat one side’ and ‘Well I be blowing up your pager daddy/But you never called me back/Well I be putting in 9-1-1 baby/But you never called me back, no no’ (emphasis added).”

“Anokye asked the Ph.D.-educated audience how they would react if this piece was submitted as a composition assignment. […]”

Read more at Accuracy in Academia.

TOPICS: Education; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: college; harvard; schoolchoice; vouchers

1 posted on 08/25/2012 6:06:01 PM PDT by eagleye85
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To: eagleye85

But can they READ that voucher?

2 posted on 08/25/2012 6:17:10 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: eagleye85

As the article points out, it’s one thing to enroll in college; completing the studies is yet another thing.

Haven’t we been through this before?

3 posted on 08/25/2012 6:49:38 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: OldPossum
And finishing with a degree that is actually going to help you land a job is yet another thing.

Would be interested to see what the percentage is of affirmative action students who choose useless majors (ethnic or women studies, social justice, sociology etc.) versus hard science majors (engineering, computer science, physics, etc.) majors.

4 posted on 08/25/2012 6:54:45 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: OldPossum

The positive aspect of the study was that it got more students into college. However, that’s just an input measure. I agree that they’re not really studying educational success (e.g., real world outcomes).

5 posted on 08/25/2012 6:56:37 PM PDT by eagleye85
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To: eagleye85

So if I read the article right, it says that blacks who use vouchers are more likely to attend college, but that they probably shouldn’t attend, BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL IDIOTS - at least that’s how I read the article.

That’s based on their comments about student loans (which aren’t a problem for low-income blacks because there is plenty of scholarship money available to them), graduation rates, etc.

I’m not all that hot about even more kids going to college, but I’d much rather see blacks going there to get useful degrees than to have to deal with whites that get useless degrees.

6 posted on 08/25/2012 7:16:46 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: BobL

You might be interested in the following for information about school debt and defaulting.

“Table 5 shows that high debt levels are more prevalent among black bachelor’s degree recipients than among those from other racial/ ethnic groups, and these differences are not entirely explained by differences in family income levels. Twenty-seven percent of 2007-08 black bachelor’s degree recipients borrowed $30,500 or more, compared to 16% of whites, 14% of Hispanics/Latinos, and 9% of Asians.” from

My post was not meant to label anyone an idiot.

7 posted on 08/25/2012 7:44:27 PM PDT by eagleye85
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To: eagleye85

Sorry, I didn’t know it was your piece. As you can see, I’m a bit sensitive when it comes to what the education system is doing to blacks in this country. Given your blog, I suspect you are no different.

8 posted on 08/25/2012 7:55:32 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: BobL

Thanks. If you ever see interesting news on this subject, please pass it my way.

9 posted on 08/25/2012 8:17:45 PM PDT by eagleye85
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To: eagleye85

You’re welcome, I’ll keep my eyes open.

10 posted on 08/25/2012 8:31:07 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: OldPossum

you are so right, gradulation rates are what counts.

I would go to college if someone handed me a voucher. But does that mean I would do the work? Free means nothing to most.

11 posted on 08/25/2012 8:55:15 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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