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Q: List of GEAR-UP (Federal Program) Grantees ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: List of GEAR-UP (Federal Program) Grantees
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: ricktrow-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 03 Aug 2004 09:54 PDT
Expires: 02 Sep 2004 09:54 PDT
Question ID: 382982
The US Dept of Education funds what are called GEAR-UP Grants.  

On the Dept. of Ed. web site, there is a list of several hundred State
and Partnership GEAR-UP grants.  See

On that page, there are several lists (all in the Public Domain), but
the only comprehensive one is an Excel file of approximately 350
schools:  "List of Grantees by City and State (MS Excel File - 59K)" 
That appears to be the only list that has ALL of the GEAR-UP programs
in one place.

But, unfortunately for our purposes, that file does not include names
and addresses, only Grantee institutions, along with their city and

The missing information is in the public domain, and while some of the
other files on this site do include the missing names and addresses,
none of the others are comprehensive and none (with the exception of
the Excel file referenced above)lend themselves to our purpose.  We
are willing to pay this fee only if we are able to receive a COMPLETE
"List of Grantees by City and State" in an Excel or other DB format,
INCLUDING names, addresses and zip codes.

I would assume that somewhere in the wide world of the web, these are available.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 03 Aug 2004 15:56 PDT

You're right, the data is out there least most of it!

The xls file that you referenced at:

lists 322 GEAR UP grant recipients -- 287 "partnerships" and 35 grants to states.  

I found a database that lists 267 GEAR UP grant recipients.  From
reviewing the list, these appear to be the partnership grants, but I
do not see the grants to States listed in this database.

For each grant recipient, the database includes:

--Year of grant (for the period 1999-2002.  2003 grants are not
included, which may account for the difference in numbers between the
two lists)
--Name of the Institution receiving the grant
--Full Contact information (name of the program director, title,
mailing address, phone, fax and -- for some recipients -- email)

Should I post a link to a downloadable copy of this database as an
answer to your question?

Let me know.


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 03 Aug 2004 17:36 PDT
Ooops.  I'm afraid that posting your phone number and email is against
the rules here at Google Answers.

I've emailed the editors to ask them how (or if) I could proceed on
this question.

In the mean time, if you prefer to take matters into your own hands,
just cancel this question, and post it anew, without any personal
contact information.



Clarification of Question by ricktrow-ga on 04 Aug 2004 06:34 PDT
To pafalafa-ga:

Sorry, I'm a newbie on this site.  Here is what I said, minus the personal info"

I hate to sound ungrateful, but the state contacts are very important,
and if you are correct, the missing 2003 folks are important as well. 
I'm impressed with what you have done so far, is there any chance you
can dig deeper and get the rest?

Also, could you give me an example of two records in the exact format
I would receive them in?  Just to make sure we're on the same

Thanks a lot

Clarification of Question by ricktrow-ga on 05 Aug 2004 17:16 PDT
To pafalafa-ga:

I am confused about the procedure.  Are you still reading these communications?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 05 Aug 2004 18:21 PDT

Yep.  I'm still here.  Thanks for your understanding regarding your
earlier posting, which I see has been removed.

Sorry I didn't reply sooner.  The situation is this.  I haven't found
any data beyond what I mentioned earlier -- the contact database
(name, title, mailing address, phone, and some fax numbers  and email
addresses as well) for 267 GEAR-UP partnerships.

I've contacted the Department of Education regarding additional
information, but haven't heard back from them yet.

Also, I will be out of commission (vacation!!!!) in two days time
(Saturday), and I think it unlikely I will hear back from the Dept of
Ed before then.

At this time, all I can offer is the database I've already described. 
I can post that as an answer, if you'd like, and follow-up after a
week or so with any information that may be forthcoming from the Dept
of Ed.

Alternatively, we can just wait a while.  If this question is still
outstanding when I return from vacation around  August 16, I'd be glad
to take up the pursuit at that time.

Let me know your thoughts on all this...and thanks for hanging in with
an oft-confusing process.


Clarification of Question by ricktrow-ga on 06 Aug 2004 05:12 PDT
Waiting is not the best for me.  How about this for a solution?  Send
me two records right away so I can confirm that we are on the same
page and if they are OK, I'll accept your promise to keep digging
after you return.  In the meanwhile, I'll pay the $200 for what you
have, and hope and trust the rest will be forthcoming.  And thanks for
the help!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 06 Aug 2004 05:39 PDT
Here are the first two records.  In the original, they are in
spreadsheet format, with all fields horizontally displayed along each
record (First Name....Last Name...etc across the page).

I've listed the info vertically here for the sake of convenience, and
to avoid awkward line breaks:

Institution...Abraham Baldwin Agri College......Adams County School District
Title.........Director .........................Director 
Title2........GEAR UP...........................GEAR UP
Address1......ABAC51............................4720 East 69th Avenue	
Address2......2802 Moore Highway................	
City..........Tifton............................Commerce City
Phone.........(912) 386-3815...................(303) 853-3242		
Fax...........(912) 391-3708...................(303) 289-4097	
Email [not available for these two records]

Let me know what you think.


Clarification of Question by ricktrow-ga on 06 Aug 2004 06:09 PDT
Looks good to me.  Let's go with it.  Have a great vacation.  You're the best!
Subject: Re: List of GEAR-UP (Federal Program) Grantees
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 06 Aug 2004 06:50 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks, Rick.

Here's the link to the list I've been describing:

which belongs to a site describing Trio Programs, another
federally-supported grants-to-education type of activity, that is
closely linked to GEAR-UP.

As promised, I will continue to explore potential sources of
additional information once I return next week.  You can expect an
update from me around August 18th (but be warned -- some of the Dept
of Ed folks are on vacation as well, so this may take a while).  If
for any reason, you don't hear from me, just post a "What's Up" note
here, and I'll be sure to see it.

In addition, is there anything I can tell the Dept. of Ed folks about
*why* this information is needed?  They always ask, and I find it
often helps to have a bit of context for folks.

Enjoy your new database!  I'll get back to you next week.


search strategy:  I located the trioprograms database by examining
names from the Dept of Ed GEAR-UP database, and selecting a few names
from there to search on, along with the term gear-up: for example [
lawson gadsden wallace gear-up ]

Request for Answer Clarification by ricktrow-ga on 16 Aug 2004 08:52 PDT
Welcome Back:

To answer your questions, see for a profile of our
company.  Over the years, we have received dozens of orders from Gear
Up programs, but before now have not found a way to introduce
ourselves to the directors who have not sought us out themselves. 
Although their are (as you know) public record, until now we could not
locate them.

Thanks for your help - and by the way, is there any way to ask a
question of you specifically?  Or are all questions posted for the

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 16 Aug 2004 09:03 PDT
Hello Rick,

Thanks for the update.  As they say, I'm tanned, rested and ready, so
I'll see what new GEAR-UP info I can shake loose.  I've got a query in
to the Dept. of Ed already, so be patient, and we'll see what they
come up with (if anything!).  The link to your website is a great
help, as they will be able to see that you provide a legitimate and
useful service.

As for your question:  Yes, you can direct any future questions to the
researcher(s) of your choice.  Just include their name in the subject
line and in the text of the question to make your request clear. 
E.g.:  "For pafalafa-ga only."  This is a common occurence, and the
other researchers always respect it.

Stay tuned...

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 20 Aug 2004 07:11 PDT

Just to let you know that I haven't forgotten you or GEAR-UP.  No word
yet from Dept Ed, but I'll stick with it some more to see if can shake
anything loose.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 20 Aug 2004 08:13 PDT
Ask, and ye shall receive:

Let me know if there are any problems downloading this file (be sure
to save it locally, as it is not a permanent link).



Request for Answer Clarification by ricktrow-ga on 20 Aug 2004 11:48 PDT

As I said, you are the best!!! Would you be able to send me an e-mail
through our web site?


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 20 Aug 2004 20:10 PDT
I'm glad the info worked for you.

Thanks for asking follow-up contact, but it would be best to conduct
any business here at Google Answers, as per the rules of the game.

Hope we'll hear from you again.  


Request for Answer Clarification by ricktrow-ga on 21 Aug 2004 11:24 PDT
OK, will do.  I'm a newbie at all this.  Didn't mean to step out of bounds.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 21 Aug 2004 13:10 PDT
Thanks Rick, for the kind rating and remarks.  Much appreciated.

Looking forward to whatever's next...

ricktrow-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
The best of the best.  Timely, accurate and just what I needed.  Thanks!!!

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