U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

TRIO Programs

Goal 8: Provide increased educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation students.
Objective 1 of 2: INCREASE PARTICIPATION AND COMPLETION RATES OF LOW-INCOME, FIRST-GENERATION INDIVIDUALS IN THE ACADEMIC PIPELINE
Indicator 8.1.1 of 1: Persistence in and completion of education programs: TRIO students will persist in and complete their educational programs.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Upward Bound (UB): Length of time Upward Bound students participate in the project during high school, and college enrollment rates of UB participants
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Project Persistence (months) College Enrollment (percent)
Project Persistence (months) College Enrollment (percent)
1996
19
   
1999
   66
2001
   
20 66
2002
   
20 66

Student Support Services (SSS): Percentage of students persisting at same postsecondary school for second year and postsecondary degree attainment rate at same institution within 6 years of starting postsecondary education.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
College persistence
College persistence
1994
67
 
1999
67
67
2000
 
67
2001
 
67
2001
 
Continuous Increase

College completion (percentage)
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1998
29
 
2001
 
29
2002
 
29

McNair: Percentage of McNair participants who enroll in graduate school within a year of completing the bachelor's degree, and percentage persisting toward or completing graduate degree.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
35
 
2000
 
35
2001
 
35
2002
 
35

Graduate school persistence (in percentage)
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
48
 
2000
 
48
2002
 
48
Status: No current data but progress toward target is likely. Preliminary data on project persistence should be available in late 2002. The 29% completion rate for SSS students includes only students remaining in the same school.

Explanation: Data from the national evaluations of the Upward Bound and Student Support Services programs provide the baseline data for these programs. The 1998-99 annual performance reports provide the baseline data for the McNair program. The Student Support Services (SSS) McNair, and Upward Bound performance reports will be used to determine if the performance targets are being met.  
Additional Source Information: Upward Bound (UB), Student Support Services (SSS), and McNair Performance Reports (McNair).

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003.
Data Available: January 2004.
Validated By: NCES/Federal Statistical Agencies.
Validation applied to National Studies.

Limitations: The national evaluations have provided baseline data for the UB and SSS programs and also provide data on appropriate comparison groups. However, these evaluations cannot be used to measure program improvements on an annual basis. Therefore, the Department has developed new performance reports to collect the needed information. Currently, the data collected from the SSS and McNair reports is being analyzed to determine if annual performance targets are met.

 

Objective 2 of 2: IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Streamlined grants award process: The time from receipt of applications to the notification/awards to grantees will be reduced.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Average time elapsed (in months)
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1997
10
 
1998
9
 
1999
7

8

2000
3
8
2001
7.50
8
2002
8
Status: Target met. Over the last few years the Office of Federal TRIO programs has substantially reduced the time between receipt of applications and the notification of awards from an average of 10 months to 8 months. Elapsed time of 3 months in 2000 was due to small size of competitions.

Explanation: In Fiscal Year 2001, application deadline was September 15, 2000. Congress was notified of successful applicants in early May. Grant awards issued and mailed in late May. Approximately 1,200 applications (1,198) were received; 939 grant awards were made.  
Additional Source Information: ED grant review schedule, 2001.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002.
Data Available: October 2002.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Review of grant award process from application deadline through notification of awards.


 

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