ERIC Number: ED476566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
National Evaluation of GEAR UP: A Summary of the First Two Years.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal program aimed at equalizing access to higher education for low-income students. GEAR UP, created in 1998, attempts to provide information and support to students beginning no later than seventh grade while promoting lasting partnerships among school districts, colleges, and other entities to operate GEAR Up projects. A national evaluation of GEAR UP was conducted after the first 2 years. This report describes the program and sets the stage for subsequent evaluation of program impact. The report suggests hypotheses and issues about GEAR UP practices and outcomes that can be pursued in a longitudinal study following GEAR UP participants who entered in seventh grade in 2000-2001. Background information has been collected from 18 schools, and descriptive information has been collected through site visits to 20 partnerships of the 237 operating in the second year of operation. Preliminary findings show that on average, GEAR UP partnerships received federal grants of about $660 per student served. Tutoring was the most common service offered across sites in the first 2 years, and college-planning activities offered at almost all projects. Summer programs were generally not as well attended as expected, and many GEAR UP partnerships were scaling back summer program activities. (Contains 2 figures and 20 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, College Preparation, Equal Education, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Low Income Groups, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Design
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/79965