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WASHINGTON, DC —April 12, 2012 — The Educational Policy Institute, with special support from TG, released the second of two new reports today on student success. A Blueprint for Success: Case Studies of Successful Pre-College Outreach Programs, provides an indepth look at how 10 programs from around the United States became and remain successful in helping youth prepare and go to college.


The case studies evolved from the companion volume, 2012 National Directory of Pre-College Programs, also funded by TG. Based on analysis of the national survey of 374 programs in support of this project, the 10 programs were selected using a filtering process. 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 Boys Hope Girls Hope - 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




The case studies provide an important viewglass for other programs to compare and contrast their services and organizational management so they, in turn, can improve student success. "Institutions and programs traditionally do not want to share information, and this is unfortunate" says EPI President & CEO Dr. Watson Scott Swail. "Our goal is to help raise the tide for all boats, not lower the ceiling for some. To do this, we need to maximize the information available to all programs. We hope that people will take this information and use it to improve services to students."


A Blueprint for Success was written by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, Dr. Kate Quinn, Ms. Kim Landis, and Ms. Maly Fung.


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


A Blueprint for Success: Case Studies of Successful Pre-College Outreach Programs



And the companion document:


2012 National Directory 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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