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HEA: Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) - FY 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 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 1.1 of 3: Graduate School Completion: Increase the percentage of GAANN fellows who obtain the terminal degree in an area of national need.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: 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
 
2004
51
 
2005
 
28
2006
 
29
2008
 
30
2009
 
30
2010
 
31

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1840-0748 GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
Data are supplied by institutions, which certify its accuracy.
 
Explanation: The program office developed a database to collect this information. The 2002 information contained data from the 1997 cohort only. Successive years combined two or more cohorts: 2003 information contained data from the 1998 cohort and the final performance reports from those of the 2000 cohort that finished in 2003. The 1998 cohort had a large number of PhDs and successful students, and the 2000 cohort had a large number of successful students, as well. Data in 2004 included those in the 2000 cohort that finished, as well as those in the 2001 cohort that completed their degrees. No targets were set for 2003 and 2004. Based on actual performance, program targets for 2006 and forward have been revised upward. Data for 2005 will be available in June 2006.
 
Indicator 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.
 
Measure 1.2.1 of 1: 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
1999
1 10 7 4 37
         
2001
0 7 7 7 39
         
2002
1 11 10 5 38
         
2003
0 6 7 2 35
999 999 999 999 999
2004
1 9 7 9 41
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

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1840-0748 GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006

Data 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.
 
Explanation: The program developed a database in 2004 to collect this information. Data in 2002 were from the 1997 cohort only. Successive years combine two or more cohorts: data in 2003 were from the 1998 cohort and from those in the 2000 cohort that finished. Data in 2004 include those in the 2000 cohort as well as those in the 2001 cohort that finished. These targets have been revised slightly in the 2006 plan. Data for 2005 will be available in June 2006.
 
Indicator 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.
 
Measure 1.3.1 of 1: Time to Degree completion
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002 6.50  
2003 7.10  
2004 5.92  
2005   6.45
2006   6.40
2007   6.40
2008   6.40
2009   6.40
2010   6.40

Source 1: NSF,Survey of Earned Doctorates
References: .
Web Site: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/ssed/start.htm.

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1840-0748 GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006

Data Validated By: Federal Statistical Agencies.
 
Explanation: The program developed a database to collect this information. Actual performance during the data collection period was compared to the National Research Council's Survey of Earned Doctorates for 2001-02 in which the average time to degree for comparable degrees was 7.5 years. Since the baseline for this measure was established in May 2004, no target was set for that year. These targets have been revised slightly in 2006 plan. The data for 2005 are pending and will be available in June 2006.
 

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