The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) project is a six-year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness and readiness in traditionally underrepresented groups. Texas GEAR UP is divided into two major strands: statewide initiatives that help achieve GEAR UP goals across the state and the STAR Project, an intensive, multifaceted P-16 intervention in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas in coordination with the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Pre-College Outreach Center.
Texas GEAR UP addresses multiple aspects of the college awareness process, including advanced academics, educator quality, early information and awareness, and family and community support. Texas GEAR UP partners include College Board, Fathers Active in Communities and Education (FACE), and the National Hispanic Institute (NHI). The project is evaluated by the Texas Center for Educational Research (TCER).