The Gateway program: ten-year lessons about outcomes and admission measures

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The Gateway to Higher Education is a comprehensive program that provides selected minority students from five New York public high schools with rigorous high school preparation for college and professional careers in medicine, science, engineering, and technology. In existence for over ten years, the program has begun to accumulate solid outcomes data. The authors briefly describe the Gateway program and discuss students' graduation rates, career plans, and other outcomes. They then describe the correlation they have established between students' scores on the Stanford mathematics test (a standardized test administered to all Gateway ninth-grade students) and their subsequent SAT scores. Given the correlation recently established by the Association of American Medical Colleges between SAT scores and MCAT scores, this information provides another useful--and early--predictor of the future success in medical school of underrepresented minority students.

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