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

 
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    CFDA#

    84.334A; 84.334S
     

    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 post-secondary education. The Department believes that GEAR UP projects can play an essential role in improving post-secondary outcomes of their participants by placing a greater emphasis on increasing readiness for success once students reach the post-secondary level.


    GEAR UP grantees can improve college readiness by identifying at an early age students likely to be referred to remediation at the post-secondary 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 post-secondary 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".


    Absolute Priority: For FY 2018 and any subsequent year in which the department makes awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, there is one absolute priority with several categories. To correctly meet the absolute priority, applicants must must address at least one activity in at least three of the four categories. Addressing additional activities or addressing all four categories will not increase an applicants score, but applicants may choose to do so.


    Category 1: Fostering Flexible and Affordable Paths To Obtaining Knowledge and Skills. Projects that are designed to address one or more of the following priority areas:

    • Developing or implementing pathways to recognized post-secondary credentials focused on career and technical skills that align with in-demand industry sectors or occupations.
    • Providing work-based learning experiences (such as internships, apprenticeships, and fellowships) that align with in-demand industry sectors or occupations;
    • Creating or expanding innovative paths to a recognized postsecondary credential or obtainment of job-ready skills that align with in-demand industry sectors or occupations, such as through career pathways.
    • Creating or expanding opportunities for students to obtain recognized postsecondary credentials in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or computer science.

    Category 2: Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, With a Particular Focus on Computer Science. Projects designed to improve student achievement or other educational outcomes in one or more of the following areas: Science, technology, engineering, math, or computer science. These projects may address one or more of the following priority areas:

    • Supporting student mastery of key prerequisites (e.g., Algebra I) to ensure success in all STEM fields, including computer science; exposing children or students to building-block skills (such as critical thinking and problem-solving, gained through hands-on, inquiry-based learning); or supporting the development of proficiency in the use of computer applications necessary to transition from a user of technologies, particularly computer technologies, to a developer of them;
    • Increasing access to STEM coursework, including computer science, and hands on learning opportunities, such as through expanded course offerings, dual-enrollment, high-quality online coursework, or other innovative delivery mechanisms;
    • Creating or expanding partnerships between schools, LEAs, State educational agencies, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, or IHEs to give students access to internships, apprenticeships, or other work-based learning experiences in STEM fields, including computer science;
    • Other evidence-based and innovative approaches to expanding access to high-quality STEM education, including computer science; or
    • Utilizing technology for educational purposes in communities served by rural local educational agencies or other areas identified as lacking sufficient access to such tools and resources.

    Category 3:Protecting Freedom of Speech and Encouraging Respectful Interactions in a Safe Educational Environment, or Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students To Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens. Projects that are designed to address one or more of the following priority areas:

    • Protecting free speech in order to allow for the discussion of diverse ideas or viewpoints; or
    • Fostering knowledge of the common rights and responsibilities of American citizenship and civic participation, such as through civics education consistent with section 203(12) of WIOA.

    Category 4:Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills That Prepare Students To Be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens. Projects that are designed to address supporting instruction in personal financial literacy, knowledge of markets and economics, knowledge of higher education financing and repayment (e.g., college savings and student loans), or other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and responsibility.

     

    History of Funding

    Approximately $24,500,000. was available in total funding for FY17. Previous years' award information is available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/awards.html.

    Additional Information

    For partnership grantees, activities must include: providing financial aid information for post-secondary education, encouraging enrollment in rigorous and challenging coursework in order to reduce the need for remediation at the post-secondary level, and implementing activities to improve the number of participating students who obtain a secondary school diploma and who complete applications for and enroll in a program of post-secondary education.


    Activities may also include: mentoring, tutoring, supporting dual or concurrent enrollment programs that support participating students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM); academic and career counseling; financial and economic literacy education; and exposure to college campuses. 


    The effectiveness of this program depends on the rate at which program participants complete high school and enroll in and complete a post-secondary education. Under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), the department has 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 July 13, 2018. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    The estimated funding available for the new GEAR UP Partnership awards is $64,833,000. 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 54 awards will be granted. Project period is either 72 months or 84 months. A cost share of 50% is required (i.e. 1:1 match of non-federal funds for every federal dollar requested).

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