The Pell Institute publishes research and analyses that address equal educational opportunity, particularly the outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. Additional publications include occasional papers, policy briefs, and an electronic newsletter.

Graduates of Denver Public Schools — College Access and Success (.pdf)

April 2009

Dr. Pamela Buckey, Research and Evaluation Officer for The Piton Foundation, in collaboration with Dr. Lana Muraskin, Pell Institute Senior Scholar, with support from Denver Public School (DPS), the Denver Scholarship Foundation, The Piton Foundation, and the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, completed this timely and useful report which examined how 18,000 DPS graduates, from 2002 to 2007, perform in college. The report describes who enrolls in college and who persists to obtain a certificate or degree. In addition, the study examines college entrance rates for DPS graduates who earn credit in accelerated courses or programs during high school. Finally, a discussion of recommendations for future research and ways to better increase college access and success for students is offered.