North Carolina's Mathematics Science Education Network (MSEN) pre-college program, which began in 1986, exposes predominantly African American sixth- through twelfth-grade students to mathematics- and science-based courses and careers. The state of North Carolina spent $414.42 per pupil per year (a total of $387,897) during the median four-year period that the 234 African Americans in the 1998-1999 graduating class were in the program. The cost of sending these students through the program for four years was weighed against the projected net benefits of those who are expected to enroll and/or graduate from college and work in North Carolina. Results indicate that it takes six to seven years for the estimated net benefits from the projected 38 college enrollees and graduates to exceed the program costs for their class. In fact, the net benefits of MSEN are likely to increase as long as the class members stay and work in the state.


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