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

Identifier: 02.GEARUP


The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a college readiness program run through the Institute for the Study of Children, Families & Communities at Eastern Michigan University since 2006. Starting in 2009, the GEAR UP program began following 10th graders for three years until the summer before college in 2012. The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs records primarily documents this three year sub-project with a few genearl GEARUP records and are organized into four series Administrative Files consisting of items such as budgetary materials, communications and performance reports, Media Files consisting of digital materials, photographs, and scrapbooks, Program Files containing materials related to GEAR UP events, training materials and surveys, and Student Files which document student goals, progress, tutoring sessions and parent outreach. Materials in this collection are arranged alphabetically with in their series and date from 2006-2012.


  • 2006 - 2010

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Administrative History

In 2006, Eastern Michigan University was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Education to support the program known as GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). GEAR UP serves students, guardians and staff of three local school districts, Ypsilanti Public Schools, Willow Run Community Schools and Wayne-Westland. Through a variety of programs and events, the goal of GEAR UP was to motivate and help students strengthen academic achievements, and increase student enrollment and retention at a post-secondary school.

Students who participated in the GEAR UP Program, benefited from before and after school tutoring, mentoring, college visits, weekend and summer programs, and much more. Events and workshops have been held on topics such as the financial aspects of college, how to choose the right school for you, as well as, many other topics to help students and families with their journey to college.

GEAR UP continues on campus under the direction of the Institute for the Studies of Children, Families and Community (iSCHFC).


4 Linear Feet (3 record center cartons and 1 flat box)

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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) records
GEARUP records
Amber Davis
23 June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197