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 partnering 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, offer innovative toolkits and publications, and provide guidance to all schools seeking to increase their college-going rates. GEAR UP uses research-based principles to inform our systemic school-wide improvement model that is easily adapted to local needs. 

GEAR UP Affiliate Sites

Oregon GEAR UP is expanding our reach with an eye toward increasing the number of Oregon schools using the GEAR UP model and resources to develop and maintain a college-going culture in their communities. We have developed a “roadmap” of the GEAR UP model that includes a plethora of tools and resources for schools to utilize in advancing their college and career readiness work. There are two levels of engagement for schools as outlined below.

GEAR UP Affiliate Benefits & Requirements

Benefit Tier 1 Tier 2
Connection to larger group of professionals committed to college access. X X
Full access to the GEAR UP roadmap (including surveys). X X
Apply for matching funds for college visit activities. X X
Guaranteed participation in statewide events such as College Application Week, College Cash Campaign and Decision Day. X  
Participation incentives for students and parents (pens, pencils, stickers) as well as banners and publications for school. X  
Access to GEAR UP-sponsored professional development events for educators (as space allows). X  
Access to summer events for students (as space allows). X  
College enrollment and persistence reports. X  
Graphical report of student, educator and parent survey results. X  
Requirements Tier 1 Tier 2
Adopt roadmap for college and career readiness planning. X X
Administer surveys to students and educators (parents optional). All surveys must be submitted online, though printable versions will be available upon request, with schools responsible for entering results to GEAR UP via the online system. X  
Provide student level demographic and achievement data for evaluation purposes. X  
Document staff participation in GEAR UP activities. X