Initiative seeks ways to prep students for postsecondary success

Series of reports will offer insight on impact, success of preparation programs

student-successA new multi-year project, the College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium (CCREC), will identify ways to empower low-income students to become prepared for post-high school success. The project also will examine the effectiveness of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

GEAR UP, which serves around 650,000 students annually, is a federally funded program aimed at increasing low-income students’ college readiness. The partnership will collect and analyze GEAR UP intervention and outcomes data.

ACT is partnering with 14 states, along with the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) to form CCREC.

Low-income students represent more than 40 percent of students under age 18 in the United States. Every year, millions of these students fall behind their more privileged peers and either drop out of college or don’t go to college at all.

Next page: Data and highlights expected from the reports

Laura Ascione