Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) New Mexico is a seven-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 17 states across the country. GEAR UP New Mexico, a division of the New Mexico Higher Education Department, is at work in 12 school districts. Our goal is to increase the number of students going to post-secondary schools, enhance the college-going culture in those communities and to improve access and opportunities within state colleges and universities for all students.
GEAR UP New Mexico serves approximately 11,000 students in the following 25 schools:
GEAR UP New Mexico Goals
The first three goals below are established by the US DOE and shared by all GEAR UP grants nationwide. New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) included the fourth goal in order to ensure that the accomplishments of the program will outlast the funding period.
- Increase student and family knowledge regarding postsecondary education preparation and financing, and increase the educational expectations of participating students and their parents
- Increase the high school graduation and college enrollment rates of GEAR UP students
- Improve the academic performance of students so that they are prepared to do college level work when they do enroll in postsecondary programs
- Foster systemic change in GEAR UP schools that will outlast the grant funding
The success of GEAR UP New Mexico relies on partnerships in the community and government organizations, high schools, colleges, universities, individual community members, and families. The following are GEAR UP New Mexico’s Partners:
GEAR UP New Mexico’s focus is to improve College Awareness, Preparation and Planning through initiatives designed to strengthen academic achievement, increase academic aspirations, and raise college awareness. The program encourages young people to have high expectations, set attainable goals, elevate their academic preparedness for college and pursue success in college. We provide numerous services to GEAR UP New Mexico schools, students, and their families.