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The Kalamazoo Promise Reflections, Results, Directions

The Kalamazoo Promise Reflections, Results, Directions. Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams Visiting Scholar, W.E. Upjohn Institute & Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University Presentation at the Kalamazoo Public Library September 30, 2009.

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The Kalamazoo Promise Reflections, Results, Directions

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  1. The Kalamazoo PromiseReflections, Results, Directions Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams Visiting Scholar, W.E. Upjohn Institute & Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University Presentation at the Kalamazoo Public Library September 30, 2009

  2. The first comprehensive account of the Kalamazoo Promise, based on three years of research. Published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2009.

  3. Challenges of the project • An evolving story • Where should the book end? • An innovative approach • How to bridge multiple fields? • Who is the audience? • Personal stake & participation • Is lack of distance a problem?

  4. The Kalamazoo Promise:More than a scholarship program An economic development initiative with a scholarship program as its centerpiece. ● Place-based and universal ● Simple, flexible, and generous Economic Development + Educational Attainment

  5. Organizing Framework: Four Strategic Priorities Economic Development Student Support Urban Vitality Pre K-16 Education

  6. Where do we stand?Impact on Education • Increased enrollment in KPS (see figure) • Low-income population has risen slightly • $10 million in new state funding • Building of two new schools (1st in 35 years) • Redistricting & its impact on socioeconomic balance • Cultural shift in KPS?

  7. Where do we stand?Long-term enrollment trend for KPS Kalamazoo Promise Announced

  8. Where do we stand?Scholarship Usage • $10.5 million had been spent on scholarships through summer 2009 • 1,522 students have received scholarships • 1,103 are currently enrolled • Ninety percent of recipients attend four schools: • Kalamazoo Valley Community College (38%) • Western Michigan University (29%) • Michigan State University (13%) • University of Michigan (10%)

  9. 2006200720082009 KPS Graduates 517 579 549 515 Eligible for Promise 409 502 475 455 • % of graduates eligible 79% 87% 87% 88% Used Promise 1st semester 303 359 370 370 post-graduation • % eligible who used Promise 73% 75% 78% 81% 1st semester post-graduation Have Used Promise 339 414 388 370 • % eligible who have used 83% 83% 82% 81% Promise at any time

  10. Where do we stand?Impact on the local economy • 67% of Kalamazoo Promise recipients attend college locally • Building permits within KPS account for growing proportion of total permits for residential construction • 39-40% in 2005-06 v. 47-8% in 2007-08 • Stabilization of city and district population? • Alignment around vision of Kalamazoo as an “Education Community” • Job-creation announcements, quality-of-life awards cite high-quality education, including the Kalamazoo Promise

  11. Where do we stand?Impact on social capital • Dramatic expansion in tutoring, mentoring, and credit recovery programs. • # of youth served by Big Brothers Big Sisters rose 77% (2005-08) • 61,000 hours of volunteer services provided to students through Kalamazoo Communities in Schools (2008-09) • New partnerships among youth-serving organizations. • More open discussion of racial & economic inequality & its consequences.

  12. Where do we stand?National impact • Extensive media coverage • Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, The Economist • Replication • El Dorado (AK), Denver (CO), Syracuse (NY), Jackson (MI), Pittsburgh (PA), San Francisco (CA), and many others • Promise Zones • Public-private partnerships to provide universal, place-based scholarships in ten Michigan communities • PromiseNet • Annual conference of communities developing Promise-type programs

  13. Where do we go?Challenges for the community • Ensure that every child eligible for the Kalamazoo Promise is prepared for success in college. • Begin at the beginning (pre-K education) • Engage parents • Connect students with local workforce needs • career development, internships • Strengthen alignment of community around broad goals of the Kalamazoo Promise Economic Development + Educational Attainment

  14. For additional information:Kalamazoo Promise Research Web Sitehttp://www.upjohninstitute.org/Comments, questions, or suggestions: Michelle Miller-Adams269-385-0436Miller-Adams@upjohninstitute.orghttp://www.michellemilleradams.com

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