Analyzes barriers faced in transitions to postsecondary education, various transition interventions being implemented and what additional research is needed to rigorously determine program effectiveness.
"Although many efforts are underway to assist youths and adults with their transitions to and through postsecondary education, only a few are conducting, or planning to conduct rigorous evaluations of such interventions. Moreover, a review of selected literature reveals that, to date, only a small number of evaluations of transition interventions have been completed using experimental methods or other rigorous research designs, and, even so, these studies have a number of weaknesses, such as relying on a small sample size or lacking a comparison group. In the absence of rigorous evidence, it was not possible to identify research-based effective interventions. This summary, therefore, focuses on: (1) the barriers to successful transitions to and through postsecondary education, (2) the various types of transition interventions being implemented, (3) the limited rigorous research available on transition interventions, and (4) what additional research is needed to determine which, if any, might be considered effective" (p.2). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)