(a) Reports to the authorizing committees
(1) In general
The Secretary shall submit annually, to the authorizing committees, a report that documents the performance of all programs funded under this division. Such report shall–
Terms Used In 20 USC 1070a-18
- individual: shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development. See 1 USC 8
- Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
(A) be submitted not later than 12 months after the eligible entities receiving funds under this division are required to report their performance to the Secretary;
(B) focus on the programs’ performance on the relevant outcome criteria determined under section 1070a-11(f)(4) of this title;
(C) aggregate individual project performance data on the outcome criteria in order to provide national performance data for each program;
(D) include, when appropriate, descriptive data, multi-year data, and multi-cohort data; and
(E) include comparable data on the performance nationally of low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities.
The Secretary shall provide, with each report submitted under paragraph (1), information on the impact of the secondary review process described in section 1070a-11(c)(8)(C)(iv) of this title, including the number and type of secondary reviews, the disposition of the secondary reviews, the effect on timing of awards, and any other information the Secretary determines is necessary.
(1) In general
(A) Authorization of grants and contracts
For the purpose of improving the effectiveness of the programs and projects assisted under this division, the Secretary shall make grants to, or enter into contracts with, institutions of higher education and other public and private institutions and organizations to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of the programs and projects assisted under this division, including a rigorous evaluation of the programs and projects assisted under section 1070a-13 of this title. The evaluation of the programs and projects assisted under section 1070a-13 of this title shall be implemented not later than June 30, 2010.
(B) Content of upward bound evaluation
The evaluation of the programs and projects assisted under section 1070a-13 of this title that is described in subparagraph (A) shall examine the characteristics of the students who benefit most from the Upward Bound program under section 1070a-13 of this title and the characteristics of the programs and projects that most benefit students.
Each evaluation described in this paragraph shall be implemented in accordance with the requirements of this section.
(A) In general
The evaluations described in paragraph (1) shall identify institutional, community, and program or project practices that are effective in–
(i) enhancing the access of low-income individuals and first-generation college students to postsecondary education;
(ii) the preparation of such individuals and students for postsecondary education; and
(iii) fostering the success of the individuals and students in postsecondary education.
(B) Primary purpose
Any evaluation conducted under this division shall have as the evaluation’s primary purpose the identification of particular practices that further the achievement of the outcome criteria determined under section 1070a-11(f)(4) of this title.
(C) Dissemination and use of evaluation findings
The Secretary shall disseminate to eligible entities and make available to the public the practices identified under subparagraph (B). The practices may be used by eligible entities that receive assistance under this division after the dissemination.
(3) Special rule related to evaluation participation
The Secretary shall not require an eligible entity, as a condition for receiving, or that receives, assistance under any program or project under this division to participate in an evaluation under this section that–
(A) requires the eligible entity to recruit additional students beyond those the program or project would normally recruit; or
(B) results in the denial of services for an eligible student under the program or project.
When designing an evaluation under this subsection, the Secretary shall continue to consider–
(A) the burden placed on the program participants or the eligible entity; and
(B) whether the evaluation meets generally accepted standards of institutional review boards.
The Secretary may award grants to institutions of higher education or other private and public institutions and organizations, that are carrying out a program or project assisted under this division prior to October 7, 1998, to enable the institutions and organizations to expand and leverage the success of such programs or projects by working in partnership with other institutions, community-based organizations, or combinations of such institutions and organizations, that are not receiving assistance under this division and are serving low-income students and first generation college students, in order to–
(1) disseminate and replicate best practices of programs or projects assisted under this division; and
(2) provide technical assistance regarding programs and projects assisted under this division.
In order to improve overall program or project effectiveness, the results of evaluations and grants described in this section shall be disseminated by the Secretary to similar programs or projects assisted under this subpart, as well as other individuals concerned with postsecondary access for and retention of low-income individuals and first-generation college students.