Gear Up

UNLV Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

  • 99% of GEAR UP college-ready students expect to graduate from HS and enroll in college (baseline: 65%)
  • GEAR UP works with parents and students to ensure they are knowledgeable about college entrance requirements, financial aid, and college preparatory high school courses

Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound (UB) and Upward Bound Math/Science (UBMS) Center

  • 100% of UB seniors achieved proficiency level on state assessments in Math and ELA (baseline: 45.4%)
  • 99.5% of the students were promoted to the next grade level or graduated from high school (baseline: 67.6%)
  • 87.6% of the students who graduated from high school completed a rigorous program of study (baseline: 16.2%)
  • 76.6% of the UB college-ready students enrolled in a postsecondary program (baseline: 38.3%)

Educational Talent Search

TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS)

  • 98.5% of all students progressed to the next grade level (baseline: 79.2%)
  • 94.3% of senior participants graduated from high school (baseline: 66.8%)
  • 59.3% of high school graduates completed a rigorous program of study (baseline: 15.9%)
  • 58.5% of the TS college-ready students enrolled in a postsecondary program (baseline: 31.5%)

Educational Opportunity Center Adult Services

TRIO Educational Opportunity Center Adult Services (EOC)

  • 63.7% of the college-ready participants enrolled in a postsecondary program (entered or re-entered postsecondary education) (baseline: 6.7%)
  • 18.9% of the participants who did not obtain a high school diploma or equivalent received a secondary school diploma or equivalent (baseline: 5.1%)

Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

  • 68.1% of the first-year freshmen graduate from UNLV within six years (baseline: 52%)
  • 98.34% of program participants were in good academic standing (baseline: 87%)
  • 92.6% of the students persisted toward completing an academic program (baseline: 74.5%)

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Institute

TRIO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Institute

  • 67% of the McNair graduates enrolled in a post baccalaureate program (baseline: 12.4%)
  • 100% of the McNair first-year graduate students continued to be enrolled in graduate school (baseline: 84%)
  • 89% of the McNair Scholars who participated in the Summer Research Institute completed their research or scholarly activities

Title III AANAPISI

Title III Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI)

  • 80.7% of program participants persisted toward or earned a bachelor’s degree (baseline: 78.8%)

Grant Resources

The Department of Education awarded The Center (UNLV) a total of 26 nationally competitive grants, which exceed $82 million. The three Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant is a seven year grant for a total award of $45 million. Eight of the grants awarded are Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science programs, all of which are five-year grants for a total award of $11 million. Six Educational Talent Search programs are also awarded for five years and total $9 million. Two Educational Opportunity Centers are five-year grants with a total award of $2.7 million. Two Student Support Services programs are five-year awards, which total $4.4 million. Ronald E. McNair Scholars Institute is also a five-year grant with a total award of $1.4 million. The Center was awarded one TRIO Training program—two-year grant with a total award of $451 thousand. The Center has also been awarded two Title III Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI)—five-year grants which total $3 million. The Center was awarded one NSF Southern Nevada Northern Arizona Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (SNNA-LSAMP) - a five-year grant with a total award of $5 million.

Community Partnerships

  • The Center’s long-standing position in the community, building and maintaining valuable partnerships and collaboration with other entities enables our organization to synergize resources and achieve greater student success.
  • The Nevada Department of Employment and Training, with the Department of Health and Human Services (a division of Welfare and Supportive Services), and The Center’s TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program developed a partnership aimed at encouraging low-income and first- generation welfare recipients to consider higher education as an option for a self-sustained lifestyle. Through this and other collaborative efforts, more than three hundred individuals received GED assessment and advising toward continuing their education during this year.
  • Wells Fargo First Generation Scholarship Program provides 30 scholarships annually ($2,500 each) to undergraduate students who meet eligibility criteria. Students must commit to 80 hours a year of volunteer service at one of The Center’s target schools.

Participants

  • Since receiving its first federal grant in 1967, The Center has increased the number of participants from 50 students to more than 25,000 annually.
  • Since 2005, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars (TRIO) Institute reports 24 students have earned a doctoral degree and 97 students went to graduate school.
  • Hundreds of eligible participants, who are undergraduate students at UNLV, have conducted research under the guidance of mentors from the UNLV faculty, presented at research symposiums, and published their research findings. Some of the participants had the opportunity to present their research at national conferences.
  • Hundreds of eligible participants have been awarded the following
    • Wells Fargo 1st Generation Scholarship
    • Student Support Services Grant-in-Aid
    • Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
    • Matt Smith, LLC Changing Lives Scholarship
    • Senoras of Excellence/Senores of Distinction Scholarship
    • CAEO Scholarship
    • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship
    • Upward Bound Bridge Scholarship
    • Gray Family Foundation Scholarship

Federally Funded Programs

   
Program - # of Grants Funded - Total Number of Participants
  • AANAPISI - 2 - 300
  • EOC - 2 - 2,000
  • ETS - 6 - 3,260
  • GEAR UP - 3 - 15,432
  • LSAMP - 1 - 180
  • McNair - 1 - 30
  • SSS - 2 - 505
  • TTI - 1 - 330
  • UB - 5 - 311
  • UBMS - 3 - 179
CAEO Funded Divisions & Programs
  • Administration
  • Family Support Services
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Mentor & Volunteer Program
  • Parents Program
  • Research & Compliance
Participants Eligibility Criteria
  • GEAR UP
    • Free & reduced lunch rate at target middle schools is 51% or higher
  • TRIO
    • At least 2/3rds of participants are Low- Income and First-Generation College
  • Title III AANAPISI
    • At least 50% of participants are Asian- American Native American Pacific Islander
    • All participants must be Low-Income and/or First-Generation College
  • SNNA-LSAMP
    • Freshman URMs who are STEM majors with a strong need for academic support;
    • Freshman URMs who are non-STEM majors and:
    • Have an interest in STEM; and/or
    • Would likely be successful in STEM; or
    • Juniors who are STEM majors and have a strong record of academic achievement
Services Offered
  • Academic Advising and Counseling
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Parent Education Workshops
  • Basic Instruction in English
  • GED Preparation
  • Faculty Mentoring
  • Research Opportunities
  • Near peer mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • College Tours
  • College Preparation
  • Summer Residential Programs
  • Credit Recovery
  • Career Planning
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Assistance with College Admissions and Financial Aid Applications
Employees
  • Total Count - 208
  • Professional - 55
  • Letter of Appointment - 6
  • Classified Staff - 6
  • Graduate Assistants - 22
  • Student Hourly - 67
  • Temporary Hourly - 52