NFER evaluation of the Reach for Excellence Programme - Cohort 2

The second Cohort of 116 students enrolled in 2008 and completed the programme in 2010. Our findings are based on a baseline survey of 111 Cohort 2 students and 132 comparison students. We sent a follow-up survey to all students who completed the baseline questionnaire; 56 RfE students and 68 comparison students returned this. Students attending the summer school also took part in focus groups and completed a proforma. We gathered destination data for 76 per cent of the original 243 students who completed the baseline survey and grade-related data for 73 per cent of them.

We followed up with Cohort 2 students around 12 months after they had completed the RfE programme. We received survey responses from 54 of them and carried out telephone interviews with 13 of these.

We later revisited the progress of the Cohort 2 students two years after completing RFE. Based on 41 responses, we found that students had remained engaged in their University courses. This demonstrates the longevity of the benefits of the RFE programme.

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