GEAR UP West is a collaborative regional conference of college access practitioners from the western US. The planning committee for this conference includes GEAR UP staff and directors from many states. Attendees include GEAR UP and other college access program staff, evaluators, higher education professionals, middle and high school teachers, counselors, and administrators. All those working to help low-income and underrepresented students prepare for and succeed in college are welcome to attend.
Education Northwest will present two sessions at this year’s event on October 19:
“Hawaii and Oregon Participation in College Level Courses”
Presenters: Ashley Pierson and Michelle Hodara
This session showcases GEAR UP and state-funded initiatives in Hawaii and Oregon to increase high school students’ participation in college-level courses. We will explore the development and implementation of dual-credit programs at five rural Title I schools in Hawaii and six regional partnerships between colleges and school districts in Oregon. Participants will learn about innovative models for dual credit, how these sites adapted their models to the local context, and how these programs are evaluated. This presentation session is designed for superintendents, college administrators, and evaluators and features opportunities for facilitated discussion of adapting these models to participants’ contexts.
“When the Gold Standard Cannot be Met”
Presenter: Malkeet Singh
While randomized controlled trials still remain the “gold standard” for identifying the causal impact of educational programs on student outcomes, the option to conduct them is often very slim. In contrast, secondary analysis of longitudinal statewide data using propensity score weighting is both feasible and improves the rigor of an evaluation. In this session, participants will learn the steps involved in evaluating the impact of a statewide GEAR UP program on high school graduation outcomes. Steps involved in accessing and preparing the data for analysis, and conducting sensitivity analysis will be discussed.