The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that assist postsecondary education institutions and students who are pursuing postsecondary education.
This program provides grants to partnerships among teacher preparation institutions and high-need school districts. To ensure that new teachers can meet the many challenges of today's classrooms, the partnerships work to strengthen teacher education through activities such as
Teacher Quality Recruitment Grants This recruitment initiative supports the efforts of states and school-university partnerships to reduce shortages of qualified teachers in high-need areas. Grant recipients offer scholarships, high-quality preparation and support services to prospective teachers who agree to teach in the high-need schools.
Teacher Quality State Grants These grants encourage states to improve the quality of their teaching force through such reforms as: strengthening their certification standards to ensure that new teachers have strong teaching skills and knowledge of their content areas; implementing reforms that hold institutions of higher education accountable for preparing teachers who have strong teaching skills and a thorough knowledge of their content areas; establishing or strengthening alternative pathways into teaching for highly qualified individuals, including mid-career professionals and former military personnel; and reducing shortages of qualified teachers in high-need areas.
Educational Opportunity Centers The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. An important objective of EOC is to counsel participants on financial aid options and to assist them in the application process. The goal of EOC is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions and successfully complete degree programs.
Talent Search The Talent Search Program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and advance to the postsecondary school of their choice. Talent Search also encourages high school dropouts to complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of disadvantaged youth who complete high school and enroll in the postsecondary education institution of their choice.
Upward Bound Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants as they prepare for college. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree; and low-income, first-generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. Upward Bound strives to increase the rates at which participants complete secondary education, as well as enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
Upward Bound-Math/Science Program The Upward Bound-Math/Science Program allows the Department to fund specialized Upward Bound math and science centers. The centers are designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science. Program services include intensive summer training in math and science; year-round counseling; exposure to university faculty who do research in math and science; computer training; and participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of mentors.
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries through international seminars. Qualified American educators receive opportunities to participate in short-term seminars abroad. Applications for this program are accepted through the Fulbright-Hays Program.
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