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HEA: Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) - 2005

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


Program Goal: 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 3: Graduate School Completion: Increase the percentage of GAANN fellows who obtain the terminal degree in an area of national need.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of GAANN fellows completing the terminal degree in the designated areas of national need.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2001
12
12
2002
28
12
2003
47
 
2005
 
28
2006
 
29
2008
 
30
2009
 
30
2010
 
31


Explanation: The program office developed a database to collect this information. The data provided by the NSF's Survey of Earned Doctorates gives the national average for doctoral recipients in the sciences at 28%. The 2002 year information contains data from the 1997 cohort. 2003 year information contains data from the 1998 cohort, as well as the final performance reports from those in the 2000 cohort that finished in 2003. The 1998 cohort had a large number of PhD's and successful students, and the 2000 cohort had a large number of successful students as well. We believe that this is the reason for the substantial increase in the completion rate. However, at this stage there is not a sufficient basis for assuming that this unusually high rate will continue. For this reason, we are not increasing the targets at this time. However, we will reevaluate our targets if future data indicate that it would be appropriate. Data received in December 2004 will be available March 2005. Performance data includes students who have passed prelims. The long-term goal for the percentage of GAANN fellows completing the terminal degree in the designated areas of national need is 31 in 2010.  
Source: Performance Report
Grantee Performance Report: 1840-0748 GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: March 2005
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 3: Enrollment of Underrepresented Populations: The percentage of GAANN fellows from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds completing the terminal degree in the designated area of national need.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of GAANN fellows from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds completing the terminal degree in the designated areas of national need.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
American Indian or Alaska Native Asian/Pacific Islander Black or African American Hispanic or Latino Women
American Indian or Alaska Native Asian/Pacific Islander Black or African American Hispanic or Latino Women
2002
1 11 10 5 38
         
2003
0 6 7 2 35
999 999 999 999 999
2004
1 6 10 4 36
0 6 7 2 35
2005
         
1 8 7 6 39
2006
         
1 11 10 5 39
2007
         
1 11 10 5 39.50
2008
         
1 11 10 5 40
2009
         
1 11 10 5 40.50
2010
         
1 11 10 5 41


Explanation: The program office has developed a database to collect this information. Data in 2002 is from 1997 cohort. Data in 2003 is from 1998 cohort and from those in the 2000 cohort that finished. The FY 2003 data set the baseline. Data in 2004 will include those in the 2000 cohort that finish as well as those in the 2001 cohort that finish. The 2004 data will become available in spring 2005. The long-term goal for the percentage of GAANN fellows from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds completing the terminal degree in the designated area of national need is 1, 11, 10, 5, and 41 for American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black or African American, HIspanic/Latino, and women, respectively, in 2010.  
Source: Performance Report
Grantee Performance Report: 1840-0748 GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004 - 2005
Data Available: March 2005
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.

 
Indicator 8.1.3 of 3: Time to completion.: The median duration of time from entering graduate school until degree completion will be less than that of comparable doctoral students as identified annually in the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Time to Degree completion
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2005   6.45
2006   6.40
2007   6.40
2008   6.40
2009   6.40
2010   6.40


Progress: The baseline for this indicator will be established in December 2004.

Explanation: The program has developed a database to collect this information. Data received December 2004 will be available March 2005. Actual performance is compared to NSF's Survey of Earned Doctorates in which the current average time to degree for comparable degrees is 7.5 years  
Source: Non-NCES Survey/Research
Collecting Agency: NSF.
Survey/Research Report Title: Survey of Earned Doctorate.
References: .
Web Site: http://http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/ssed/start.htm.

Additional Source Information: Program Administrative Records

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004 - 2005
Data Available: December 2005
Validated By: Federal Statistical Agencies.

 

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