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HEA: Byrd Honors Scholarships - FY 2005

CFDA Number: 84.185 - Byrd Honors Scholarships

Program Goal: To promote student excellence and to recognize exceptionally able students who show promise of continued excellence

Objective 1 of 1: Byrd scholars will successfully complete postsecondary education programs at high rates.
Indicator 1.1 of 1: Completion of postsecondary education programs: Byrd scholars will successfully complete postsecondary education programs within 4 years.
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: Percentage of Byrd scholars graduating within 4 years
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1840-0598 Robert C. Bryd Honors Scholarship Program Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data supplied by states, which certify the accuracy of the data.

Limitations: Data are based on grantee reports of varying quality and accuracy on the number of Byrd Scholars graduating. To improve the accuracy of the data, program staff developed a revised annual report and are working with the states, so that a more accurate calculation of data will be available to evaluate the program measure.
Explanation: The 2003 performance data of 98% for Byrd scholars graduating within 4 years was based only on those Byrd scholars who received program funding for four consecutive years. But in 2004, this calculation was revised to include all Byrd scholars, regardless of the number of years of grant funding. Therefore, the 92% four year graduation rate in 2004 does not necessarily represent a real decline in performance from 98%, but is the result of the new calculation. Based on actual performance for 2004, the target of 26% was revised for 2005. The program far exceeded its original performance target for 2004.

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