GEAR UP West is a collaborative regional conference for college access practitioners from 10 western states, and attendees include GEAR UP and other college access program staff, evaluators, higher education professionals, middle and high school teachers, counselors, and administrators.
Education Northwest will present two breakout sessions at this year's event:
Leveraging Community College-High School Partnerships to Improve College Preparation
Michelle Hodara, Senior Researcher
GEAR UP Hawaiʻi helps develop partnerships between community colleges and high schools in the state to deliver college and career preparatory services to secondary school students. This session will describe how one community college transformed their college outreach program from focusing on college recruitment to providing college preparation services to students at high schools in their service area. Based on a detailed case study of the outreach program, participants will learn about the key components of the college outreach program; how the program is guided by the principles of relevance, access, and sustainability; and stakeholder perspectives regarding the program’s success.
Process and Design Features of Impact Studies of GEAR UP Hawaii and GEAR UP Wyoming
Changhua Wang, Senior Program Advisor
Malkeet Singh, Senior Reseacher
This session uses GEAR UP Hawaii and GEAR UP Wyoming as examples to illustrate how Education Northwest evaluators work with GEAR UP staff members to use available data to design impact studies. Participants of this session will learn about:
- Building consensus between evaluators and GEAR UP staff on what constitutes as “impact”
- Determining the conditions for conducting an impact study (“pre-conditions” or basic components of an impact study )
- Designing impact studies – examples of impact studies for GEAR UP Hawaii and GEAR UP Wyoming
- Preliminary findings from Hawaii and Wyoming