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ORLANDO, FLORIDA —March 6, 2012 — The Educational Policy Institute, with special support from TG, released the first of two new reports on student success today at RETENTION 2012: International Conference on Student Success in Orlando, Florida.


The report, the 2012 National Directory of Pre-College Programs, is based on a large-scale national survey conducted by EPI in 2011. The directory includes a detailed listing for 374 programs from around the United States, plus an essay on the findings from the survey. This survey is a follow-up to the 2000 survey conducted by The College Board. Both surveys were directed by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, EPI's President and CEO.


The second report, A Blueprint for Success: Case Studies of Successful Pre-College Outreach Programs, will be released in the next few weeks. "Blueprint" is an intensive case study of 10 effective pre-college outreach programs. The programs include:


Bottom Line, Boston, MA
Breakthrough Saint Paul, St. Paul, MN
Bridges to a Brighter Future, Greenville, SC
College Bound St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
The College Road, Bridgeton, MO
College Track, Oakland, CA
Education is Freedom, Dallas, TX
Foundation for a College Education, East Palo Alto, CA
Hispanic Youth Institute, Washington, DC
The Partners Program, Oakland, CA




"Our hope is that this information will help all programs work toward improved services and expanded outreach to ensure that we can improve the success rates for all students, but especially those who historically have not been privileged to attend higher education," says Dr. Swail.


The publication is available for free download from or by clicking the following link:


2012 Handbook of Pre-College Programs









The Educational Policy Institute is a Washington, DC-based corporation whose mission is to “expand educational opportunity for low-income and other historically-underrepresented students through high-level research and analysis.” For more information on EPI, visit


TG is a public, nonprofit corporation that promotes educational access and success so that students can realize their college and career dreams. TG offers resources to help students and families plan and prepare for college, learn the basics of money management, and repay their federal student loans. In addition, TG administers Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans made before July 1, 2010, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education.




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