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National GEAR UP Week Toolkit

The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the content does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Washington State GEAR UP Service Definitions, Participation Data Collection, & Reporting Guide

As part of the national College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium, the Washington State GEAR UP program complies with the recommended reporting requirements to support the longitudinal evaluation project. Following these guidelines ensures that school partners comply with these requirements.

Handout: Information For First-Year Students

The transition from high school to college is an important milestone. Many students who live on-campus or commute experience a wide range of emotions during their first year at college. These emotions are normal and often occur in five stages. This timeline includes examples of things students commonly face during their first year of college.

Handout: Resource Scenarios

Using your college or university’s website and the handout: Resources & Support Services to Navigate Your Way, identify what resource(s) can help in each scenario on your future campus.

Activity Guide: Preparing Students For The Transition To College

This period can be marked with enthusiasm as well as self-doubt, stress, and uncertainty. College access professionals can use this activity guide to help prepare students and families for the first year after high school, including what to expect and how to navigate common challenges.

GEAR UP Service Definitions

It is imperative that you follow these guidelines; as they are being used to evaluate not only the Washington GEAR UP program, but also that of 15 other states. If you have any questions about how to assign an Activity Type, please contact Kelly Keeney at

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