NAU receives $31.7M GEAR UP grant to proceed effort to extend instructional success statewide

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Sept. 10, 2019

Arizona College was awarded a $31.7 million federal grant to proceed a
statewide outreach program designed to extend commencement charges and postsecondary
attainment ranges at 41 of Arizona’s high-poverty excessive faculties.

seven-year grant, which incorporates $31.7 million in federal cash matched by
$31.7 million from state companions, will fund the fourth section of Arizona GEAR UP (Gaining Early Consciousness
and Readiness for Undergraduate Applications). Together with Obtain60AZ, Arizona GEAR UP is a part of an
general push towards higher success in Ok-12 and better schooling that Gov. Doug
Ducey and different state leaders are championing.

That is the fourth GEAR UP grant NAU has been awarded for the reason that college started administering this program in 2000. Ducey once more designated NAU as Arizona’s applicant for GEAR UP. Training professor Daniel Kain has been a principal investigator since 2002; School of Training Dean Ramona Mellott is a co-PI on the present grant, which builds on 20 years of expertise, in addition to analysis on finest practices in faculty entry to leverage an revolutionary design that makes it potential for greater than 15,000 college students to learn yearly from program providers.

“NAU’s profitable monitor document in main GEAR UP in Arizona spans almost twenty years and stands as one of many some ways NAU contributes to addressing the crucial problems with our state,” stated NAU President Rita Cheng. “The success of Arizona GEAR UP, like different NAU initiatives, is in the way in which we work collectively to realize the state’s objectives of an informed citizenry, a sturdy workforce and a thriving financial system.”

program goals to foster partnerships and collaborations between NAU,
high-poverty excessive faculties and organizations all through the state which might be
dedicated to enhancing schooling in Arizona. GEAR UP gives faculty consciousness
and readiness to college students starting in seventh grade and persevering with by way of
highschool and into the primary 12 months of faculty.

Targeted on
the 5 Es of Fairness—interact, empower, excel, elevate and enrich—this section of
the mission consists of three broad efforts:

  • Increasing
    GEAR UP to serve all senior college students in 41 Title I excessive faculties with a
    commencement price under the state common. These faculties, often called GEAR UP
    Obtain60 faculties, serve virtually 11,600 seniors every year.
  • Deciding on
    three to 5 excessive faculties and the center faculties that feed these faculties and
    working with college students (on common, 4,100 college students in grades 7-12 every year) to
    enhance tutorial efficiency, highschool commencement charges and collegiate
    preparation and success.
  • Statewide,
    reaching extra center and highschool college students by way of large-scale
    dissemination and use of printed college students’ guides.

program additionally leverages assets to help the state’s schooling priorities
and broaden the capability for partnerships and collaborations that additional serve
to strengthen Arizona’s schooling system. These partnerships make potential a
number of native and state initiatives that profit present and future college students
in Arizona. NAU will proceed to companion with a number of organizations statewide
to supply providers and applications to assist meet the GEAR UP objectives.

NAU’s first two grants, GEAR UP college students graduated from highschool and entered
faculty at a lot increased charges than Arizona’s common. From 2006 to 2012, 83
% of seniors at GEAR UP faculties graduated from highschool and 72 %
went to school, in comparison with the statewide common of 73 % and 51
%, respectively. From 2012 to 2019, 88 % of GEAR UP college students
graduated, in comparison with 83 % at comparability faculties, whereas 58 %
accomplished their FAFSA, in comparison with 47 % at comparability faculties.

“This can be a
super alternative to reinforce schooling in our state,” Mellott stated. “NAU
has demonstrated once more its deep dedication to the younger individuals and lecturers in Arizona.”

a extremely aggressive nationwide grant program of the U.S. Division of Training
designed to assist present higher alternatives for low-income college students to get
into and reach increased schooling. The objectives of Arizona GEAR UP are
commencement charges that meet or exceed the state common and enhance the
share of graduates who enroll and persist in postsecondary schooling to
the goal ranges outlined in Obtain60AZ.

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