MPS Team GEAR UP (TGU) has just completed its third year of implementation. TGU is a partnership grant award in which MPS partners with Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milwaukee and Oshkosh, Running Rebels, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Career Cruising, College Board, WEOP, and Milwaukee College Access Centers.

MPS TGU and its partners have two major objectives. The first is to increase student and family college knowledge (knowledge about finances, FAFSA completion, college application process, etc.). The second objective is to improve student college and career readiness.

The evaluation of Team GEAR UP is designed to provide the Milwaukee Public Schools and partnering agencies with actionable information about the effectiveness and implementation of college planning and preparation services provided to students in six high schools receiving funds from the Department of Education. We are using a variety of methods to achieve this goal including interviewing, statistical analysis, focus groups, surveys, and direct observation of program activities.