The Effects of a Holistic College Access Camp on First-Gen Students: A Small Group Program Evaluation Using the Reliable Change Index

Koo et al. / Journal of First-generation Student Success / August 2022

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The purpose of this article is to present the evaluation and program design of a holistic college readiness camp that predominantly served first-generation, low-income students. The outcome variables included college attendance rates, intrinsic motivation, and sense of community connectedness. Pre- and post-survey data from the eight-day camp were analyzed using the Reliable Change Index to measure the program’s impact on students. Overall, students perceived having a high sense of competence and a moderately positive sense of connectedness upon completion of the camp. This study represents a potential model for community-based college access organizations to consider when conducting program evaluations.

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