ERIC Number: ED485291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Preparing New Jersey Students for College and Careers: Evaluation of New Jersey GEAR UP. New Jersey Gear Up: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
The evaluator finds that New Jersey GEAR UP is an outstanding example of student focused academic development, providing low income and disadvantaged middle school through high school cohorts the skills, knowledge and individual self confidence and aspiration that leads to postsecondary academic success.New Jersey GEAR UP: has met, or nearly met, its recruitment and retention goals beginning in 1999-2000 and sustaining cohorts through 2003-2004; provides a comprehensive set of services for developing students' awareness of educational and career opportunities, fostering the attitudes, expectations, and experiences that allow them to realize their goals; and is providing students opportunities for improving math and science knowledge and skills. New Jersey GEAR UP has established an excellent record of performance around four major outcome goals: (1) The program has set and maintained a high rate at which students remain in school and persist in the program; (2) it has increased the rate at which participants satisfy the New Jersey state testing requirements, GEPA and HSPA, in comparison with similarly situated peers; (3) it has raised participants' awareness and aspiration for college; and (4) it has increased the rate at which participants apply to and enroll in college, as compared to their peers.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Commission on Higher Education.