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From the Federal Register July 1, 2015 and the request to track graduating students and determine their grit in college attendance:



Title of Collection: Student Messaging in GEAR UP Demonstration.

OMB Control Number: 1850-NEW.

Type of Review: A new information collection.

Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 5,360.

Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,386.

Abstract: The Student Messaging in GEAR UP Demonstration, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education (ED), is being conducted to test the effectiveness of a promising strategy to improve college-related outcomes in the federal college access program Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The demonstration will use a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design to test the effectiveness of sending customized messaging to students, first during the summer after high school graduation, and then in the fall and spring of their expected first year of college. Students within high schools that volunteer for the demonstration will be randomly assigned to either receive the messages or not. This ICR requests clearance for the collection of GEAR UP student rosters and administration of a baseline survey. In addition to the baseline survey data that will be collected from students, college-related outcome data will be extracted from national datasets (National Student Clearinghouse Data (NSC) and the Federal Student Aid (FSA) database). Impact and descriptive analyses will be conducted to answer the study research questions. The evaluation plans call for two reports. The first, published in summer 2018, will be based on data collected through 2017 that will look at college advising received in high school and early college-related outcomes (i.e., college enrollment and FAFSA completion). The second report will be available in early 2020, and will investigate college persistence.



The agency wants to determine if its message worked and students completed the desired college-related outcome.  The outcome is the one desired by the Federal Government, not necessarily what the individual student desires.  In 2020 then, we will discover how persistent students are in this governmental designated outcome.  It’s probably not feasible to think the Government will change its outcome, it will tweak its message and mandates if the goal of students attending college is not realized.

The governmental tracking won’t stop even when students become adults and new tracking will commence.  Look at this notice in the Federal Register, also dated July 1, 2015 under The Children and Families Administration:



Title: Goal-Oriented Adult Learning in Self-Sufficiency Study.

OMB No.: New Collection.

Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is proposing a data collection activity as part of the Goal-Oriented Adult Learning in Self-Sufficiency (GOALS) study. The purpose of the GOALS project is to address the nexus between the growing knowledge base in the psychological sciences and long-standing approaches to self-sufficiency programs targeted to adults and young adults. The project will explore the programmatic implications of existing research on psychological processes associated with goal-directed behaviors, including socio-emotional regulation and cognitive skills, executive functioning, and related areas. The project will synthesize current research on these topics; address how insights gained from research can be used to promote economic advancement among low-income populations, identify promising strategies, or strengthen underlying skills in these areas; and inform measurement of changes and developments in skill acquisition.

The proposed information collection activity consists of exploratory calls with program directors and administrators, semi-structured interviews with key program staff and community partner organization staff, and focus group discussions with program participants. ACF seeks to gain an in-depth, systematic understanding of program administration and implementation, service delivery and operation, outputs and outcomes, and identify promising practices and other areas for further study.

Respondents: Key program directors and administrators, program staff and community partner organization staff, and program participants at selected program sites.


The government wants to know why students do/don’t become goal directed, what their psychological processes are and how the government can use this information to promote economic advancement among low-income populations.  The GOALS project research does not seem to be voluntary and will require additional research/time for the administrators to provide personal data to the Federal Government.  The Federal Government wants research to determine how best to nudge human behavior toward its desired outcome.  It’s not about what you might want, your individual liberty to decide your life’s path is of extreme importance to bureaucrats and they are determined to mold you into the slot reserved for you.  Is that the role of government?  Perhaps that would be a comment to publish on the notice.

This isn’t about academics; this is tracking the emotional/social/cognitive skills of human capital.


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