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EDUCATION: Federal program has shown its value

Re: “Efforts boost college success for low-income and minority students” (Katie Baird column, 5-23).

While complimenting worthy programs like the College Success Foundation and Palmer Scholars, Baird’s column unfortunately is misleading when discussing the effectiveness of federal college-access programs like TRIO and GEAR UP.

Baird refers to a recent policy brief, “Time for a Change: A New Federal Strategy to Prepare Disadvantaged Students for College,” which cites a Mathematica Policy study that has been disavowed as “seriously flawed” by the very Department of Education staff assigned to monitor it.

TRIO has been a vital part of college access and

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