ERIC Number: ED417457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
A Descriptive Review of the Gateway Grants Program.
Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC. Center for Research in Education.
The purpose of this study was to develop a description of the Gateway Grants Program, providing data on the activities that states and Gateway Grantees have undertaken in response to the Adult Education Act, as amended. Information was gathered through a survey of state officials administering the Gateway program and local directors of Gateway Grant projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Findings indicate that the Gateway Grants program did target funding to literacy projects serving public-housing residents throughout the United States. Gateway grantees reported average awards of approximately $18,500, and the program delivered adult-education services to over 5,000 individuals. Around two-thirds of grantees served urban communities, though two-thirds of these were in smaller urban areas. The program encouraged states to fund adult-literacy services, and when projects were funded, directors reported success at reaching their target audiences. However, findings also show that most states allocated small portions of the federal funds for Gateway programs, and that state administrators tended to view the program negatively, regarding the funding structure as wasteful, difficult to administer, and largely failing to increase the level of adult-education services for public-housing residents. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC. Center for Research in Education.