West Virginia

School Year: 2020    Survey: WV GEAR UP - 2020-21 School Personnel Survey

Welcome! You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by ICF. ICF is an external research organization that has been contracted by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WV HEPC) to provide an evaluation of the WV GEAR UP program. WV GEAR UP is a program designed to promote college awareness and enrollment among low-income students in 10 participating counties across the state of WV. Certain schools in each participating county, including your school, are participating in this project. As part of this important research, all school administrators, counselors, and teachers of grades 9-12 in your school are being asked to participate in a survey that should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey includes questions about your opinions and experiences in promoting a college-going culture at your school and about your participation in GEAR UP. Please consider the details below prior to deciding whether or not to participate in this survey.

This evaluation study has been reviewed and approved by ICF's Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews all studies to ensure the rights of research participants are protected. There are no risks associated with participation in this study greater than those encountered in the course of a normal day, and there are no direct benefits to you for participating. However, your feedback may be used to learn more about how to improve college-going culture in WV schools and to improve GEAR UP services to counties and schools. Your participation in the study is voluntary. You may discontinue participation at any time, and your refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled. No individuals will be identified in reports.

The evaluation team will provide a written report to WV HEPC in October 2021. Certain data from the report may also be reported to the United States Department of Education. All data collected as part of this study will be treated with confidentiality, and all reports will be made in the aggregate.

Should you have questions about your participation in WV GEAR UP, you may contact Elizabeth Manuel (elizabeth.manuel@wvhepc.edu) at WV HEPC. If you have questions about this survey, you are encouraged to contact the evaluator, Dr. Johnavae Campbell (johnavae.campbell@icf.com) before proceeding.

Please note, we ask that you complete this survey no later than May 31, 2021.

Your completion of this survey indicates your consent to participate in the study as described above.

Thank You!