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This document outlines the processes to be used in the review of studies in the Transition to College topic area. This area focuses on interventions for middle school, high school, and postsecondary students that aim to promote successful transitions into postsecondary education, with a primary focus on increasing postsecondary enrollment and retaining students in postsecondary institutions once enrolled. A number of broad intervention strategies are relevant to this topic area, including interventions to increase college readiness and college knowledge, college preparatory programs, and test preparation programs for middle and high school students and summer bridge programs, first year experience programs, and financial aid programs for students transitioning into postsecondary education.

Table of Contents

  • Topic Area Focus
  • Identifying Studies for Review
  • Eligibility Criteria and Evidence Standards
  • References
  • Appendix A—Literature Search Strategy for the Broad Search of the Transition to College Topic Area
  • Appendix B.1—Supplementary Searches for First Year Experience Programs
  • Appendix B.2—Supplementary Searches for Summer Bridge Programs

Protocol Details

  • Version: 3.2
  • Released: June 2016

What is a Protocol?

A review protocol defines the scope of a systematic review. Developed with substantive experts, the protocol defines the parameters for the review, including the research, populations, settings, and outcomes. The protocol also specifies details of the literature search and any topic-specific applications of the design standards.

Protocol versions reflect the version of WWC standards in effect when the protocol was released. Protocol versions that predate the current version of the WWC standards handbook can be used to identify acceptable outcome domains for review within a given topic. The current WWC standards are used to guide the review of studies with acceptable outcomes.

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