ERIC Number: ED459041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating the Use of Student and Parent GEAR UP Survey Summaries in a Rural, Nine-County Region.
Meehan, Merrill L.; Cowley, Kimberly S.; Whittaker, Denise
In 1999, Fairmont State College (West Virginia) received a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant for a 5-year program designed to encourage college aspirations and preparation among disadvantaged rural youth. During the first 2 years, parents and students in nine counties were surveyed to determine their aspirations for postsecondary education. Data summaries from these surveys were distributed to school administrators involved with the program. This paper reports on a survey of those administrators to determine how the data summaries were used, possible effects of the data, and suggestions for improvement. Findings indicate that those administrators who used the summaries were satisfied with them. Of the seven rating characteristics,"overall quality,""comprehensiveness," and "presentation/layout" were rated highest, followed by "relevance,""met my needs," and "usability.""Promptness" was rated lowest, although that rating was well above the midpoint on the rating scale. Summary findings were used as input for specific programs, needs assessment or program planning, and less specific programs. It is too early for the data summaries to have affected students in the program. The main influence of the summaries on parents was in making them more aware of the GEAR UP program. An appendix presents a sample data summary. (Contains 16 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fairmont State Coll., WV.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia