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HEA: Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) - FY 2006


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 a terminal degree in designated areas of national need in order to alleviate that need.
Indicator 1.1 of 4: Graduate school completion: The percentage of GAANN fellows who obtain a terminal degree in an area of national need will increase.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: The percentage of GAANN fellows completing a 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
 
45
2007
 
46
2008
 
47
2009
 
48
2010
 
49
2011
 
50

Source: Grantee Performance Report, GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006

Data Validated By: Federal Statistical Agencies.
The National Science Foundation is responsible for accuracy of the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Program data are supplied by institutions, which certify the accuracy of the data.
 
Explanation: The program office developed a database to collect this information. Performance data includes degree completion as well as fellows passing preliminary examinations. The 2002 year information contains data from the 1997 cohort only. Successive years combine two cohorts: 2003 information contains data from the 1998 cohort, and from those fellows in the 2000 cohort that finished in 2003. No new grants are awarded each third year, so that there were no cohorts of new fellows in 1999 or 2002. Data for 2004 includes completers and people passing preliminary examinations from both the 2000 and 2001 cohorts.
 
Indicator 1.2 of 4: Enrollment of underrepresented populations: Percentage of fellows from traditionally underrepresented groups by grantee cohort enrolled in a terminal degree program in the designated areas of national need will increase.
 
Measure 1.2.1 of 1: Percentage of fellows from traditionally underrepresented groups by grantee cohort enrolled in a terminal degree program 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 40
2008
         
1 11 10 5 40
2009
         
1 11 10 5 41
2010
         
1 11 10 5 41
2011
         
1 11 10 5 42

Source: Grantee Performance Report, GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006

Data Validated By: Federal Statistical Agencies.
The National Science Foundation is responsible for accuracy of the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Program data are supplied by institutions, which certify the accuracy of the data.

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 office developed a database to collect this information. Performance data includes degree completion as well as fellows passing preliminary examinations. The 2002 year information contains data from the 1997 cohort only. Successive years combine two cohorts: 2003 information contains data from the 1998 cohort, and from those fellows in the 2000 cohort that finished in 2003. No new grants are awarded each third year, so that there were no cohorts of new fellows in 1999 or 2002. Data for 2004 includes completers and people passing preliminary examinations from both the 2000 and 2001 cohorts. This is a long term measure.
 
Indicator 1.3 of 4: Time for program completion: The median 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: Median time to completion of doctorate for GAANN student.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
6.50
 
2003
7.10
 
2004
5.92
 
2005
 
6.45
2006
 
7
2007
 
7
2008
 
7
2009
 
7
2010
 
7
2011
 
7

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

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006

Data Validated By: Federal Statistical Agencies.
The National Science Foundation is responsible for accuracy of the Survey of Earned Doctorates. Program data are supplied by institutions, which certify the accuracy of the data.
 
Explanation: Actual performance is compared to the National Research Council's Survey of Earned Doctorates in which the current median time to degree for comparable degrees ranges from 6.8 to 7 years. Contract for study of graduate fellowship programs has been awarded; the study is expected to begin in October 2005 and be completed by September 2007. Study results are expected in November 2007.
 
Indicator 1.4 of 4: Efficiency measure: The cost per successful GAANN fellow.
 
Measure 1.4.1 of 1: Federal cost of GAANN Ph.D. and those who pass preliminary exams over the life of the grant.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
92,557
 
2003
127,514
 
2006
 
127,500
2007
 
127,500
2008
 
127,500
2009
 
127,500
2010
 
127,500
2011
 
127,500

Source: Grantee Performance Report, GAANN Final Performance Report.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006
Data are supplied by institutions, which certify the accuracy of the data.
 
Explanation: The program office has developed a database to collect this information. This measure is derived by taking the total funding for years one, two, and three divided by the number of GAANN Ph.D.s and those that pass preliminary exams during that period. The FY 2002 data establish the baseline. The 2002 information is based on the 1997 cohort. The 2003 information was based on the 1998 cohort and 2000 cohorts; information for 2004 was based on 2000 and 2001 cohorts. No new grants are awarded each third year, so that there were no cohorts of new fellows in 1999 or 2002.
 


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