ASU GEAR UP

Project: Research project

Description

ASU GEAR UP Abstract

Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus requests funding from the Department of Education GEAR UP partnership grant program for seven years to provide academic and success support services for first generation and low income starting with 7th grade. Tempe Elementary, Glendale Elementary, Tolleson Elementary, Pendergast Elementary, Washington Elementary, Glendale Union, Tempe Union and Tolleson Union High School Districts have been identified as a suitable partners for this grant as there are high numbers of low income and first generation students in the target areas who will benefit from the academic and college readiness services that the proposed GEAR UP project will provide.

The program proposes to enroll 1,250 participants per year from the districts and target schools and offer intensive academic support services to assist student participants toward the successful completion of middle and high school, and enroll in and complete a postsecondary education. Participants will begin in the 7th grade using an all grade cohort model and continue through 12th grade and first year of college.

The GEAR UP program proposes and plans to meet the following objective and goals: Objective 1: Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students; Related Goals: Pre-algebra, Algebra 1 and Math Course Completion: 45%, College Readiness: 85%; Objective 2: Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education of GEAR UP students; Related Goals: Secondary School Graduation (regular secondary school diploma): 87%; Secondary School Graduation (rigorous secondary school program of study): 55%; Postsecondary Education Enrollment: 54%; Postsecondary Readiness (Remediation): 50%; On Track for Postsecondary Graduation: 65%; Objective 3: Increase the knowledge of students and families of postsecondary education options, preparation and financial aid; Related Goals: College knowledge: 85%; Parent Financial Aid & College Affinity: 60%. To meet these objectives and goals, the following holistic services will supplement existing services: Academic enrichment services will include the following: needs assessment, tutoring in writing, mathematics, critical thinking, small work groups and test preparation. Further, emotional support such as assistance with personal development, financial aid, financial and economic literacy, mentoring, career exploration and peer support groups will be provided. Experiential support will include cultural enrichment activities, summer enrichment activities and college visits all offered to encourage student growth through new experiences and networking. The project also proposes to address three of the sections outlined in the Absolute Priority including Section 2: a.) Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) Education, Section 3: a.) Protecting Freedom of Speech and Encouraging Respectful Interactions in a Safe Educational Environment, and Section 4: Fostering Knowledge and Promoting the Development of Skills that Prepare Students to be Informed, Thoughtful, and Productive Individuals and Citizens.

Community and institutional commitment for the GEAR UP program is strong. ASU Downtown Phoenix and Access ASU will provide direct support of staff as well as collaborative support from departments throughout the university such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Access ASU, and Career and Professional Development. Community partners for this grant include AzCAN and Tempe College Connect, as well as support from the Mayor of the City of Tempe.

StatusActive
Effective start/end date10/1/189/30/25

Funding

  • US Department of Education (DOEd): $7,000,000.00

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