Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Student Messaging in GEAR UP Demonstration
Abstract: The Student Messaging in GEAR UP Demonstration, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education (ED), is being conducted to test the effectiveness of a promising strategy to improve college-related outcomes in the federal college access program Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).
The demonstration will use a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design to test the effectiveness of sending customized messaging to students, first during the summer after high school graduation, and then in the fall and spring of their expected first year of college.
Students within high schools that volunteer for the demonstration will be randomly assigned to either receive the messages or not.
This ICR requests clearance for the collection of GEAR UP student rosters and administration of a baseline survey.
In addition to the baseline survey data that will be collected from students, college-related outcome data will be extracted from national datasets (National Student Clearinghouse Data (NSC) and the Federal Student Aid (FSA) database). Impact and descriptive analyses will be conducted to answer the study research questions. The evaluation plans call for two reports. The first, published in summer 2018, will be based on data collected through 2017 that will look at college advising received in high school and early college-related outcomes (i.e., college enrollment and FAFSA completion). The second report will be available in early 2020, and will investigate college persistence.
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Our children must not be controlled by corporate messaging but by the spirit of righteousness within that causes them to become knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens that believe in and stand for freedom and justice for all.
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