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Highlights from the College Preparation Intervention Program

TOWSON, Md. (March 10, 2010) – Due to a high interest in the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP), the Office of University Services (OSPR)  is making available handouts and notes from the technical assistance meeting held on Thursday, March 4. Interested applicants should contact ospr@towson.edu to request copies or a meeting to discuss their project.

CPIP is specifically designed to fund institutions of higher education (IHEs) working in partnership with designated GEAR UP sites. For those of you unfamiliar with CPIP and Maryland’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, you are encouraged to review the CPIP research funding announcement available at the MHEC Web site.

For the 2011 grant cycle, successful applications will offer the following:

  • Services and activities that increase mathematics education and proficiency for teachers and students
  • Outreach activities that involve parents and/or care givers
  • Projects designed for graduating seniors
  • Programs that reach the most at-risk students
  • A Needs Assessment and Plan of Operation that is prepared in close consultation with a GEAR UP partner
  • A strong recruitment plan
  • Project objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART)
  • A management plan that describes the role of all key personnel 
  • A project evaluation that ties project outcomes directly with project objectives and
  • Budget costs that are reasonable and tied directly to project activities

The CPIP coordinator, Takeia Bradley, stressed the importance of working with a GEAR UP school when preparing your application. Applicants are required to demonstrate how project needs were determined and to submit a cooperative agreement plan showing the responsibilities of each partner.
In her discussion, Bradley indicated that a common weakness found in applications was an underdeveloped recruitment plan which later becomes one of the biggest obstacles in getting projects started. Because student participants are 12th graders, MHEC encourages applicants to offer activities that uniquely address their needs. Some suggestions to motivate students to become involved include test preparation to fulfill graduation requirements, college credit offerings and paid internships. At this stage, participating students will need interview and career planning skills, SAT/ACT preparation and college campus experiences. Lastly, keeping parents and/or care givers involved and informed remains a key objective in CPIP projects. 

Other considerations when preparing your proposal include the evaluation plan.  Bradley suggests that costs should not exceed 5–10 percent of the total budget and the evaluation plan should allow project directors to make modifications that can be addressed in the interim report.

A maximum of $150,000 is available for the project period July 1, 2010, through August 31, 2011. Awardees will be notified in June and can begin planning at that time. The application deadline is April 29.

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Phone: 410-704-2236
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E-mail: ospr@towson.edu

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