[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 207 (Friday, October 29, 2021)]
[Pages 60011-60016]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-23788]



Applications for New Awards; Transitioning Gang-Involved Youth to 
Higher Education Program

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice 
inviting applications (NIA) for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the 
Transitioning Gang-Involved Youth to Higher Education Program, 
Assistance Listing Number 84.116Y. This notice relates to the approved 
information collection under OMB control number 1894-0006.

DATES: Applications available: October 29, 2021.
    Deadline for transmittal of applications: November 29, 2021.

ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an 
application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to 
Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jymece Seward, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 2B159, Washington, DC 20202-
4260. Telephone: (202) 453-6138. Email: [email protected].
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-


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Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of this program is to provide gang-
involved youth with postsecondary education opportunities that will 
lead to certification or credentials. Such programs can include 
apprenticeships or other workforce preparation programs that promote 
job readiness upon completion of the program, while simultaneously 
providing essential wrap-around services that include culturally 
competent social and emotional support.
    Background: Recent research indicates that more than one million 
youth are estimated to be involved in some type of gang, crew, or other 
group.\1\ Interviews with gang-involved youth who had ultimately 
enrolled in community colleges reported that low expectations and 
negative stereotypes were part of their schooling experience.\2\ 
According to the research, gang-associated youth are 30 percent less 
likely to complete high school compared with their non-gang peers.\3\ 
Accordingly, through this grant opportunity, the Department seeks to 
improve access to postsecondary education and outcomes for gang-
involved youth.

    \1\ Pyrooz, D. and Sweeten, G. (2015). Gang Membership Between 
Ages 5 and 17 Years in the United States. Journal of Adolescent 
Health, 1-6.
    \2\ Gardenhire-Crooks, A., Collado, H., Martin, K., & Castro, A. 
(2010). Terms of engagement: Men of color discuss their experiences 
in community college. Oakland, CA: MDRC. Retrieved from: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED508982.pdf.
    \3\ Pyrooz, D.C. (2014). From Colors and Guns to Caps and Gowns? 
The effect of gang membership on educational attainment. Journal of 
Research in Crime and Delinquency 51(1), 56-87.

    The intent of this program is to support community colleges, in 
partnership with other organizations that are best prepared to provide 
the supports and services necessary, that will enable these youth, 
including youth with disabilities, to transition into postsecondary 
programs that will allow them to pursue a certificate, degree, or other 
credential. Community colleges serve as affordable, learning- and 
skills-based higher education providers, especially for non-traditional 
students.\4\ In addition, community colleges have been innovative in 
partnering with community-based organizations that support the success 
of low-income students and students with family responsibilities, 
including improving access, persistence, and academic progress and 
employing strategies that more effectively link training to work 
opportunities and employment.\5\

    \4\ Mintz, S. (March 2019). Community Colleges and the Future of 
Higher Education. Inside Higher Ed. www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-gamma/community-colleges-and-future-higher-education.
    \5\ The Aspen Institute. 2021. Role of Community Colleges. 

    Youth who are gang-involved may benefit from holistic support 
systems through which their schools provide culturally competent social 
and emotional support, their families are included in their educational 
efforts, and they receive employment and resources and support for 
accessing financial assistance.\6\ Because prior research has suggested 
that stable employment can reduce criminal conduct, this program 
encourages applicants to collaborate with other organizations to build 
and support pathways to education and careers for gang-involved 

    \6\ Sharkey, J. (2015). How to Help Me Get Out of a Gang: Youth 
Recommendations to Family, School, Community, and Law Enforcement 
Systems. Research Gate, 64-100.
    \7\ Laub, J.H., and R.J. Sampson. 2001. Understanding desistance 
from crime. Crime and Justice 28: 1-69. Retrieved from https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/3226958.

    Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority and one 
competitive preference priority.
    We are establishing these priorities for the FY 2021 grant 
competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the 
list of unfunded applications from this competition, in accordance with 
section 437(d)(1) of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), 20 
U.S.C. 1232(d)(1).
    Absolute Priority: This priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 
CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this 
    This priority is:
    Projects that propose partnerships between community colleges and 
public or private nonprofit organizations, community-based 
organizations (CBOs), industry partners, or other entities with a 
demonstrated record of working successfully with youth who are gang-
involved to leverage services to support students in acquiring the 
knowledge, skills, and abilities to transition into an education beyond 
high school.
    To be eligible for this program, community colleges must include 
the participation of their workforce or career services offices to 
assist with career placement services and developmental academic 
coursework for program participants. This may include working through 
their Workforce Development and Continuing Education divisions or other 
offices, as appropriate.
    Competitive Preference Priority: This priority is a competitive 
preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award up to an 
additional 15 points to an application, depending on how well the 
application meets the priority. Applicants are not required to respond 
to the priority.
    This priority is:
    Creating a Positive, Inclusive, and Identity-safe Climate (up to 15 
    Projects that are designed to improve the social, emotional, 
academic, and career development of youth who are gang-involved, by 
creating a positive, inclusive, and identity-safe climate through one 
or more of the following activities:
    (1) Fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion for students who 
are gang-involved. (up to 5 points)
    (2) Implementing evidence-based practices for advancing student 
success for students who are gang-involved. (up to 5 points)
    (3) Providing high-quality professional development opportunities 
designed to reduce bias and build asset-based mindsets for faculty and 
staff on campus, to include programing for students, faculty, and staff 
that addresses actionable inclusion efforts with respect to racial, 
ethnic, cultural, linguistic, disability, age, and gender 
characteristics. (up to 5 points)
    Definitions: We are establishing definitions for ``community-based 
organization'' and ``community college'' for the FY 2021 grant 
competition and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the 
list of unfunded applications from this competition, in accordance with 
section 437(d)(1) of GEPA. The Fund for the Improvement of 
Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) does not have specific programmatic 
definitions; we believe the definitions established here for 
``community-based organization'' and ``community college'' best capture 
the intended purpose of this program. The definition of ``institution 
of higher education'' is from the Higher Education Act of 1965, as 
amended (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1001). All other definitions are from 34 CFR 
    Community-based organization means a private nonprofit organization 
(which may include a faith-based organization), that is representative 
of a community or a significant segment of a community.
    Community college means an institution that meets the definition in 
section 312(f) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1058(f)) or an institution of 
higher education that awards degrees and certificates, more than 50 
percent of which are not bachelor's degrees (or an

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equivalent) or master's, professional, or other advanced degrees.
    Demonstrates a rationale means a key project component included in 
the project's logic model is informed by research or evaluation 
findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve 
relevant outcomes.
    Evidence-based means the proposed project component is supported by 
evidence that demonstrates a rationale.
    Institution of higher education means (a) an educational 
institution in any State that--(1) admits as regular students only 
persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing 
secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a 
certificate, or persons who meet the requirements of section 1091(d) of 
the HEA;
    (2) is legally authorized within such State to provide a program of 
education beyond secondary education;
    (3) provides an educational program for which the institution 
awards a bachelor's degree or provides not less than a 2-year program 
that is acceptable for full credit toward such a degree, or awards a 
degree that is acceptable for admission to a graduate or professional 
degree program, subject to review and approval by the Secretary;
    (4) is a public or other nonprofit institution; and
    (5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or 
association, or if not so accredited, is an institution that has been 
granted pre-accreditation status by such an agency or association that 
has been recognized by the Secretary for the granting of pre-
accreditation status, and the Secretary has determined that there is 
satisfactory assurance that the institution will meet the accreditation 
standards of such an agency or association within a reasonable time.
    (b) The term ``institution of higher education'' also includes--
    (1) Any school that provides not less than a 1-year program of 
training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized 
occupation and that meets the provision of paragraphs (a)(1), (2), (4), 
and (5); and
    (2) A public or nonprofit private educational institution in any 
State that, in lieu of the requirement in paragraph (a)(1), admits as 
regular students individuals--
    (A) Who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in the 
State in which the institution is located; or
    (B) Who will be dually or concurrently enrolled in the institution 
and a secondary school.
    Logic model (also referred to as a theory of action) means a 
framework that identifies key project components of the proposed 
project (i.e., the active ``ingredients'' that are hypothesized to be 
critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the 
theoretical and operational relationships among the key project 
components and relevant outcomes.
    Note: In developing logic models, applicants may want to use 
resources such as the Regional Educational Laboratory Program's (REL 
Pacific) Education Logic Model Application, available at https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/elm.asp. Other sources include: 
https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/pdf/REL_2014007.pdf, and 
    Project component means an activity, strategy, intervention, 
process, product, practice, or policy included in a project. Evidence 
may pertain to an individual project component or to a combination of 
project components (e.g., training teachers on instructional practices 
for English learners and follow-on coaching for these teachers).
    Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcome(s) 
the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the 
specific goals of the program.
    Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking: Under the Administrative Procedure 
Act (5 U.S.C. 553), the Department generally offers interested parties 
the opportunity to comment on proposed priorities, selection criteria, 
definitions, and other requirements. Section 437(d)(1) of GEPA, 
however, allows the Secretary to exempt from rulemaking requirements 
regulations governing the first grant competition under a new or 
substantially revised program authority. This is the first grant 
competition for this program, and therefore qualifies for this 
exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has 
decided to forgo public comment on the priorities, requirements, and 
definitions, under section 437(d)(1) of GEPA.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1138-1138d; Departments of Labor, 
Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2021, H.R. 7614, 116th Congress (2020); the 
explanatory statement accompanying H.R. 133 (Pub. L. 116-260).
    Note: Projects will be awarded and must be operated in a manner 
consistent with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the 
Federal civil rights laws.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 86, 97, 
98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to 
Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and suspension (Nonprocurement) in 
2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department 
in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost 
Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 
200, as adopted and amended in 2 CFR part 3474.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grant.
    Estimated Available Funds: $990,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in subsequent years from 
the list of unfunded applications from this competition.
    Maximum Award: $990,000 for a single budget period of 36 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1.
    Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.
    Project Period: Up to 36 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Community colleges (as defined in this 
    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require 
cost sharing or matching.
    b. Supplement-Not-Supplant: This competition involves supplement-
not-supplant funding requirements. This program uses the waiver 
authority of section 437(d)(1) of GEPA to establish this as a 
supplement-not-supplant program. Grant funds must be used so that they 
supplement and, to the extent practical, increase the funds that would 
otherwise be available for the activities to be carried out under the 
grant and in no case supplant those funds.
    c. Indirect Cost Rate Information: This program uses the waiver 
authority of section 437(d)(1) of GEPA to limit a grantee's indirect 
cost reimbursement to eight percent (8%) of a modified total direct 
cost base. For more information regarding indirect costs, or to obtain 
a negotiated indirect cost rate, please see www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocfo/intro.html.
    d. Administrative Cost Limitation: This program does not include 
any program-specific limitation on administrative expenses. All 
administrative expenses must be reasonable and necessary and conform

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to Cost Principles described in 2 CFR part 200 subpart E of the Uniform 
    3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may award 
subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities 
described in its application.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to 
follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of 
Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal 
Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which 
contains requirements and information on how to submit an application.
    2. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. However, under 34 
CFR 79(a), we waived Intergovernmental Review in order to make awards 
by December 31, 2021.
    3. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    4. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, 
the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate your application. We recommend that you (1) limit the 
application narrative to no more than 50 pages and (2) use the 
following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger, and no 
smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial.
    The recommended page limit does not apply to the cover sheet; the 
budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the 
assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract. However, the 
recommended page limit does apply to all of the application narrative.
    Note: The Budget Information-Non-Construction Programs Form (ED 
524) Sections A-C are not the same as the narrative response to the 
Budget section of the selection criteria.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The following selection criteria for this 
program are from 34 CFR 75.210.
    The points assigned to each criterion are indicated in the 
parentheses next to the criterion. An applicant may earn up to a total 
of 100 points based on the selection criteria and up to 15 additional 
points under the competitive preference priority, for a total score of 
up to 115 points. All applications will be evaluated based on the 
selection criteria as follows:
    (a) Quality of the project design. (Maximum 30 points) The 
Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed project. 
In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, the 
Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a 
rationale (up to 10 points).
    (ii) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is 
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target 
population or other identified needs (up to 10 points).
    (iii) The extent to which the proposed project will establish 
linkages with other appropriate agencies and organizations providing 
services to the target population (up to 10 points).
    (b) Quality of project services. (Maximum 30 points) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the services to be provided by the proposed 
    (i) In determining the quality of the services to be provided by 
the proposed project, the Secretary considers the quality and 
sufficiency of strategies for ensuring equal access and treatment for 
eligible project participants who are members of groups that have 
traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or disability (up to 5 points).
    (ii) In addition, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (A) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed 
project are appropriate to the needs of the intended recipients or 
beneficiaries of those services (up to 10 points).
    (B) The likely impact of the services to be provided by the 
proposed project on the intended recipients of those services (up to 10 
    (C) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed 
project involve the collaboration of appropriate partners for 
maximizing the effectiveness of project services (up to 5 points).
    (c) Quality of project personnel. (Maximum 20 points) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the personnel who will carry out the proposed 
    (i) In determining the quality of project personnel, the Secretary 
considers the extent to which the applicant encourages applications for 
employment from persons who are members of groups that have 
traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or disability (up to 7 points).
    (ii) In addition, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (A) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of the project director or principal investigator (up to 7 points).
    (B) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of key project personnel (up to 6 points).
    (d) Quality of the management plan. (Maximum 10 points) The 
Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed 
project. In determining the quality of the management plan, the 
Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks (up to 5 points).
    (ii) How the applicant will ensure that a diversity of perspectives 
is brought to bear in the operation of the proposed project, including 
those of parents, teachers, the business community, a variety of 
disciplinary and professional fields, recipients or beneficiaries of 
services, or others, as appropriate (up to 5 points).
    (e) Quality of the project evaluation. (Maximum 10 points) The 
Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of 
the proposed project. In determining the quality of the evaluation, the 
Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable 
(up to 5 points).
    (ii) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, 
feasible, and appropriate to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the 
proposed project (up to 5 points).
    2. Review and Selection Process: Potential applicants are reminded 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the

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applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant's use 
of funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant 
conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant 
failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of 
unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education 
(34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    A panel of up to three non-Federal reviewers will review and score 
each application in accordance with the selection criteria and the 
competitive preference priorities. A rank order funding slate will be 
made from this review. Awards will be made in rank order according to 
the average score received from the peer review.
    Tie-breaker: If there is more than one application with the same 
score and insufficient funds to fund all the applications with the same 
ranking, the applicant with the highest percentage of students who are 
Pell grant recipients will be funded.
    3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.206, before awarding grants under this competition the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
200.208, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, under 2 CFR 
3474.10, in appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant 
if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of 
unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system 
that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not 
fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not 
    4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this 
competition to receive an award that over the course of the project 
period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently 
$250,000), under 2 CFR 200.206(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your 
integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal 
awards--that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant--before we make 
an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that 
is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as 
the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may 
review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal 
agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS.
    Please note that, if the total value of your currently active 
grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the 
Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity 
information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal 
funds you receive exceed $10,000,000.
    5. In General: In accordance with the Office of Management and 
Budget's guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal 
laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department will review and 
consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice inviting 
applications in accordance with--
    (a) Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering 
results based on the program objectives through an objective process of 
evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR 200.205);
    (b) Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video 
surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) (2 CFR 
    (c) Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to 
maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United 
States (2 CFR 200.322); and
    (d) Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest 
extent authorized by law if an award no longer effectuates the program 
goals or agency priorities (2 CFR 200.340).

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to 
access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, 
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you 
are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to 
openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in 
part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of 
modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those 
modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent 
that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or 
other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. 
Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant 
funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. 
This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your 
application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional 
information on the open licensing requirements, please refer to 2 CFR 
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. If you receive a multiyear award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 
CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance 
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, 
please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    5. Performance Measures: Under the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993 and 34 CFR 75.110, the following three performance 
measures will be used in assessing the performance of the Transitioning 
Gang-Involved Youth to Higher Education program:
    1. Number of project participants enrolled in the postsecondary 
education program.
    2. Number of project participants earning a certificate, degree, or 
other credential.

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    3. Number of project participants active in paid internships, 
apprenticeships, or other work experiences.
    These measures constitute the Department's indicators of success 
for this program. Consequently, we advise an applicant for an award 
under this program to give careful consideration to the 
operationalization of the measures in conceptualizing the approach and 
evaluation for its proposed project.
    If funded, you will be required to collect and report data in your 
project's annual performance report (34 CFR 75.590).

VII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, individuals with disabilities 
can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an 
accessible format. The Department will provide the requestor with an 
accessible format that may include Rich Text Format (RTF) or text 
format (txt), a thumb drive, an MP3 file, braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc, or other accessible format.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this 
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    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
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by the Department.

Michelle Asha Cooper,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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