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GEAR UP is Oregon’s statewide college readiness program that supports low-income middle and high school schools to help students prepare for and succeed in education after high school. GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is administered by Oregon State University with federal funds as well as support from community partners such as The Ford Family Foundation.
In addition to collaborating with specific rural schools to help create a college-going culture that produces students who are college and career ready, we also sponsor statewide events (College Application Week, College Cash Campaign, Decision Day), offer innovative toolkits and publications, and provide guidance to all schools seeking to increase their college-going rates. GEAR UP relies upon research-based principles to inform our systemic school-wide improvement model that is easily adapted to local needs.
Bring GEAR UP to your school! We will be conducting research during the 2017-18 school year to see if we can scale our model of school culture change to serve more schools. Oregon schools are invited to join GEAR UP as affiliate sites, who will implement the GEAR UP model and resources to develop and maintain a college-going culture in their communities. In exchange for additional support and structure from Oregon GEAR UP, affiliate schools will provide data in the form of administrator questionnaires (one pre- and one post-intervention) and student & educator surveys.
Our goal is to learn more about the Oregon GEAR UP model as a best practice for increasing high school graduation and college enrollment rates. We will take this information and revise the model as needed and potentially share with schools across the state.
|Requirements for Participation
||Benefits of Participation
|Schools complete initial application to participate||by July 1, 2017
|Build a GEAR UP team, collect and review data, draft goals and plan||by September 1, 2017
|Begin implementing GEAR UP plan||September 1, 2017|
|Administer online surveys to students and educators||October 1 - December 31, 2017
|Modify plan as needed and submit mid-year check in||by January 31, 2018|
|Submit final paperwork||by June 30, 2018|
|APPLY BY JULY 1, 2017
Questions? Contact Stephanie Carnahan, GEAR UP Director