2006: Upward Bound

“Closing the College Gap: A Study of the Wesleyan Upward Bound Program”

for Upward Bound

by Laura Ouimette, Sally Smyth, Amanda Thieroff, and Satyawidya Wulansari


Wesleyan Upward Bound is a supplemental high school education program that works to help low-income and potential first generation college students graduate from high school and attend four-year colleges or universities. This study seeks to determine what student and parent participants find appealing or problematic about the program, and also, why some students drop out of Upward Bound before completion. We gathered information by conducting a focus group and interviews with current and former students and their parents between the years of 2000 and 2008.