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The Logic Underlying a Research-Based College Access Program: Depicting the Theory of Change of the Princeton University Preparatory Program PUPP SED

Millett, Catherine M.; Saunders, Stephanie; Kevelson, Marisol J. C.
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ETS Policy Information Center Report, ETS Research Report
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Access to Education, Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), College Programs, Minority Students, High School Graduates, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, College Preparation, Low Income Students, Cost of Education, Financial Aid, Logic Model, College Bound Students, Selective Colleges, Summer Institutes, College Entrance Examinations, Social and Emotional Development (SED), Social Network, College Counseling Systems, Parent Counseling, Alumni, Summer Courses, Postsecondary Education


The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is a high‐touch, intensive college access program aimed at providing a multiyear college preparation experience to high‐achieving, low‐income students in the Princeton, New Jersey, area. This report presents the theory of change and logic model of PUPP, detailing the theoretical basis for the expectation that PUPP inputs, resources, and activities will lead to the expected program outcomes, which include that program participants gain admittance to and graduate from selective colleges and universities providing comprehensive financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships.

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