The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (ICSAC) proposes a statewide, seven year GEAR UP project utilizing a cohort student model to help prepare an estimated 6,300 students across 30 of the highest need schools in 12 districts of the state for improved college access and success. GUI 2.0 has adopted the three national GEAR UP objectives to assure students graduate from high school college- and career-ready, experience increased postsecondary enrollment and success, and ensure families have the college knowledge and financial skills to support their children’s dreams.
With a framework to build stronger student pipelines to college access and success, GUI 2.0 will support: 1) collaborative alignment with college- and career-readiness efforts; 2) capacitybuilding for counselors and advisement; 3) assessment and development of students’ noncognitive skills; and, 4) exposure of students to early and varied college exploration experiences. GUI 2.0 will provide services to students, parents, schools and colleges, based upon a transparent, inclusive data-driven decision-making process as well as culturally-specific student and parent engagement strategies. The project’s signature College Access and Readiness Team (CART) process supports counselor leadership and embeds college- and career-readiness into schools’ comprehensive school improvement and Iowa Core implementation processes.
Partners of GUI 2.0 will include the twelve districts; community colleges, private and public colleges and universities; the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa State Treasurer’s Office, ACT, Iowa College Access Network, United Ways, and a variety of community-based organizations. Outcomes for GUI 2.0 will include a reduction in achievement gaps for minority and low-income students, sustained college-going practices in schools, preparation to reduce remediation, student applications to optimal fit colleges, improved college student retention and implementation of counselor leadership models in college readiness.
FUNDING FOR THIS SOLICITATION IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE U.S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. APPROXIMATELY $812,000 WILL BE COMMITTED TO THIS GRANT PROCESS.