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Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness for Undergrad Programs (GEAR UP) Partnership

 
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    CFDA#

    84.334A
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

    Summary

    The GEAR UP Program is a critical component of the Departments efforts to improve college access and completion for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. The Department believes that GEAR UP projects can play an essential role in improving postsecondary outcomes of their participants by placing a greater emphasis on increasing readiness for success once students reach the postsecondary level.
     
    GEAR UP grantees can improve college readiness by identifying at an early age students likely to be referred to remediation at the postsecondary level and by engaging in strategies to address their needs at the secondary level, limiting their need to take remedial courses in college. For these reasons, this notice includes a competitive preference priority intended to encourage applicants to propose GEAR UP projects that address remediation strategies designed to help students address deficiency gaps well before they graduate and enroll in postsecondary education.

    The objectives of the GEAR UP Program are: (1) to increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of participating students; (2) to increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education of participating students; and (3) to increase educational expectations for participating students and increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.

    GEAR UP offers two grants programs:
    • State grants - Competitive six-year matching grants that must include both an early intervention component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income students and a scholarship component.
    • Partnership grants - Competitive six-year matching grants that must support an early intervention component and may support a scholarship component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income students.
    Note: this summary covers only the "Partnership grants"

    In FY17, this program had the following competitive preference priorities: 

    • Increasing Postsecondary Success: The Department is using Competitive Preference Priority 1 to focus on increasing readiness for success once students reach the postsecondary level. Postsecondary completion rates among students from low-income schools are unacceptably low. The Department believes that GEAR UP projects can play a strong role in improving the postsecondary outcomes of their participants by placing a greater emphasis in two areas: College fit, and College readiness at the postsecondary level. The Department is interested in receiving applications with strong plans designed to address one or both of these focus areas. (a) The concept of college fit combines traditional approaches to college advising, such as assistance with test preparation, research, admissions applications, and financial aid applications, with strategies to improve college selection so that students are more aware of and likely to seriously consider or choose institutions that are a good ˜˜fit with their qualifications, academic and career interests, and financial, personal, and social needs. College fit builds on the body of research on ˜˜under matching, which demonstrates that students are more likely to complete college when they attend the most academically demanding institution that will admit them. (b) GEAR UP grantees can improve college readiness by identifying at an early age students likely to be referred to remediation at the postsecondary level and by engaging in strategies to address their needs at the secondary level to make taking such courses in college unnecessary.
    • Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness: Moderate evidence of effectiveness means one of the following conditions is met:
      • There is at least one study of the effectiveness of the process, product, strategy, or practice being proposed that meets the WWC Evidence Standards without reservations, found a statistically significant favorable impact on a relevant outcome (with no statistically significant and overriding unfavorable impacts on that outcome for relevant populations in the study or in other studies of the intervention reviewed by and reported on by the WWC), and includes a sample that overlaps with the populations or settings proposed to receive the process, product, strategy, or practice.
      • There is at least one study of the effectiveness of the process, product, strategy, or practice being proposed that meets the WWC Evidence Standards with reservations, found a statistically significant favorable impact on a relevant outcome (with no statistically significant and overriding unfavorable impacts on that outcome for relevant populations in the study or in other studies of the intervention reviewed by and reported on by the WWC), includes a sample that overlaps with the populations or settings proposed to receive the process, product, strategy, or practice, and includes a large sample and a multi-site sample.
     

    History of Funding

    Previous years' award information is available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/awards.html.

    Additional Information

    The effectiveness of this program depends on the rate at which program participants complete high school and enroll in and complete a postsecondary education. Under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), we developed the following performance measures to track progress toward achieving the programs goals: 
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students who pass Pre-algebra by the end of 8th grade.
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students who pass Algebra 1 by the end of 9th grade.
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students who take two years of mathematics beyond Algebra 1 by the 12th grade.
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students who graduate from high school. Note: For each GEAR UP project, the high school graduation rate is defined in the States approved accountability plan under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA).
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students and former GEAR UP students who are enrolled in college.
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students who place into college-level Math and English without need for remediation.
    • The percentage of current GEAR UP students and former GEAR UP students enrolled in college who are on track to graduate college.
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students who are on track for graduation at the end of each grade.
    • The percentage of GEAR UP students who are on track to apply for college as measured by completion of the SAT or ACT by the end of 11th grade.
    • The percentage of parents of GEAR UP students who actively engage in activities associated with assisting students in their academic preparation for college.

    Contacts

    Karmon Simms-Coates

    Karmon Simms-Coates
    400 Maryland Avenue S.W. Room 7E311
    Washington', DC 20202
    (202) 4537917
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Partnerships consisting of
    • One or more local educational agencies (LEA), and
    • One or more degree granting institutions of higher education (IHE).
    Partnerships may also contain not less than two other community organizations or entities, such as businesses, professional organizations, State agencies, institutions or agencies sponsoring programs authorized under the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program, or other public or private agencies or organizations.

    Deadline Details


    Applications are to be submitted by April 19, 2017. The application window is expected to reopen again in 2019.

    Award Details

    The estimated funding available for the new GEAR UP Partnership awards is $24,500,000. Awards range from $100,000 to $7,000,000. Average award is $1,200,000. The maximum award is $800 per student per year. Up to 20 awards will be granted. Project period is either 72 months or 84 months. A cost share of 1:1 is required.


     

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