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

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Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) and Javits Fellowships

Goal 8: To increase the number of persons trained at the highest academic level.
Objective 1 of 2: INCREASE THE NUMBER OF GRADUATE STUDENTS IN AREAS OF NATIONAL NEED, INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Graduate school completion: There will be an increase in the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who receive a GAANN fellowship and obtain a doctorate in an area of national need.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of students receiving GAANN fellowship who earned a doctorate degree
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
60
 
2001
11.40
 Continuous Improvement
Status: Unable to judge.  

Explanation: The 1998 cohort project period ended in FY 2000. The cohort was comprised of 106 grantees. Of those, 33% have submitted their final report; 43% have requested time extensions; and 24% of the reports are still outstanding. Of those who have reported, there were 395 fellowships awarded. Of those fellows, 11.4% have completed their PhD; 29% have advanced to PhD candidacy, and 8% left their programs with a master's degree. The data will be updated as outstanding reports are submitted.  
Additional Source Information: Data will be collected from Final Performance Reports, collected from each cohort at the end of the three-year project period. There were no new grants award in FY 1999. The FY 2000 cohort will submit final performance reports in FY 2002 and the data will be reported in FY 2003.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.

Limitations: The data on completion rates are limited because the project period for a GAANN grant is three years, while the average time to Ph.D. completion is 7 years. Although grantees are required to submit an interim report for each of the first two years of the grant period and a final report at the end of the project period, many of the fellows will not have reached completion of their Ph.D during the three-year project period and no further reporting is required.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Enrollment of targeted populations: The percentage of GAANN fellows from underrepresented groups will increase over time.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of fellows from traditionally underrepresented groups by grantee cohort
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Alaskan/Native American Indians Asian/Pacific Islander Black Non-Hispanic Hispanic Women
Alaskan/Native American Indians Asian/Pacific Islander Black Non-Hispanic Hispanic Women
1994
1 5 3 1 38
         
1995
0 7 5 4 36
         
1997
1 9 8 4 39
         
1998
1 8 7 5 39
 Continuous Improvement
1999
1 10 7 4 37
 Continuous Improvement
2001
0 7.40 6.60 6.10 39.20
 Continuous Improvement
Status: No current data. 

Explanation: The 1998 cohort project period ended in FY 2000. The cohort was comprised of 106 grantees. Of those, 33% have submitted their final performance reports; 43% have requested time-extensions; and 24% of the reports are still outstanding. Of those who have reported, there were 395 total fellowships awarded. The performance data provided are based on those fellows. The data will be updated as the outstanding reports are submitted.  
Additional Source Information: Data will be collected from Final Performance Reports, collected from each cohort at the end of the three-year project period. There were no new grants awarded in FY 1999. The FY 2000 cohort will submit final performance reports in FY 2002 and the data will be reported in FY 2003.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: On-Site Monitoring By ED.

Limitations: The authorizing statute recommends, but does not mandate, that grantees seek individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups when awarding fellowships. However, in addressing the selection criteria, grantees pledge to include students from underrepresented groups.

 

Objective 2 of 2: TO ENABLE STUDENTS OF SUPERIOR ABILITY IN THE ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES TO COMPLETE THEIR TERMINAL DEGREE.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Graduate school completion: : Graduate school completion: The percentage of Javits fellows who complete a terminal degree within 7 years will increase over time.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Rates of doctorate attainment by Javits fellows 7 years from enrollment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1998
30
 
1999
26
 Continuous Improvement

Status: Unable to judge. No 2000 data are available.


Explanation: The graduation rate within seven years of entering a graduate program for Javits fellows is 26% in 1999. The Survey of Earned Doctorates collects only information on attainment of a doctorate degree. Some Javits fellows pursue programs in fields for which the terminal degree is below the doctorate level; their attainment is not accounted for, resulting in a measure that it biased downward.  

Additional Source Information: Program performance reports; Survey of Earned Doctorates, 1999.

Frequency: Annually.
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: The new Annual Performance Report will require grantees to report completion data on their fellows (thus obtaining completion information on both doctoral programs and those programs where the Master of Fine Arts is the terminal degree).

 

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