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Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) - 2003

CFDA Number: 84.200 - Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need


Goal 8: To increase the number of persons trained at the highest academic level
Objective 8.1 of 1: To increase the number of students of superior academic ability completing the terminal degree in designated areas of national need in order to alleviate that need.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Years of Support for Academic Study Provided to GAANN Fellows: The average number of years of additional support, beyond the 2 years of mandated institutional match to the 3-year grant period, provided to GAANN fellows by grantee programs.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Average number of additional years of support being provided to GAANN fellows by grantee programs.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2004
 
999


Explanation: This is a new indicator for the program and requests grantees to go above and beyond the commitment currently required in the program regulations. As such the program office will need to publish the intent of this indicator for public comment and has not yet had an opportunity to implement the indicator. The baseline will be established in FY 2004. The competitive points will be offered beginning with the FY 2005 applications and the results will be available in December 2006.  
Source: Performance Report
Grantee Performance Report: 1840-0748 GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: - 2004
Data Available: December 2006
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: Grantees are currently not required to submit performance reports beyond the 3-year grant period. Therefore, there is no method of formally validating that additional years of support are provided. This means that the only way to collect consistent data is in the application stage. Because GAANN grantees will usually apply year-after-year and therefore have an incentive to live up to their commitments, we believe that until regulatory changes can be put into place, years promised in an application is a reliable proxy for years of support actually provided.

Improvements: The program office will seek to include in the program regulations a requirement that grantees must submit status updates for all years in which student support is attributable to the GAANN grant. This includes the 3-year grant period, 2-year required match, and any additional years committed to by the grantee in its application.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Enrollment of Underrepresented Populations: The percentage of GAANN fellows from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds compared to the national average of individuals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds enrolled in programs leading to the terminal degree in the designated areas of national need.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The difference between the percent of GAANN fellows from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and the national average of individuals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds enrolled in programs leading to the terminal degree in the designated areas of national need.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2003
 
999


Explanation: This is a new indicator for the program and the first data will be available in December 2003. Baseline will be established in 2003. 2004 data will be baseline data established in 2003 + 1%. The long-term goal for this measure is the 2003 baseline + 5%.  
Source 1: Performance Report
Grantee Performance Report: 1840-0748 GAANN Final Performance Report.

Source 2: NCES Survey/Assessment
Survey/Assessment: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: December 2004
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

Limitations: The performance of the GAANN program is limited in that the authorizing legislation recommends, but does not mandate, that grantees seek individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups when awarding fellowships. However, in responding to the selection criteria, grantees must address plans to include students from underrepresented groups.

 

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