The GU-ME 37/EdGE evaluation study focuses on mentoring, an annual college immersion program, and implementation of postsecondary education culture. High school students are trained by staff from the Ed Grieves Education Center (EdGE) to be mentors to the 7th graders. GU-ME/EdGE mentoring focuses on six Habits of Mind: persisting, striving for accuracy, taking responsible risks, thinking flexibly, thinking interdependently, and thinking and communicating with clarity and precision. A three-day, two-night experience on the University of Maine at Machias (May 2018) and Washington County Community College (May 2019) campuses is designed to explore college programs, overnight dorm experiences, and encourage responsible risk taking. The implementation of a postsecondary education culture targets both material and non-material culture. Material culture included postsecondary education artifacts school-wide. Non-material culture includes increasing postsecondary education vocabulary and career and college exposure through alumni guest speakers.
The Multiple Pathways evaluation study allowes four high schools to develop systems and GU-ME supports to increase student engagement in and ownership of their learning outcomes. Students write and maintained Personal Learning Plans to create pathways for demonstrating proficiency of graduation standards. The study explores the possible relationships between traditional and non-traditional pathways to a high school diploma, GU-ME Services, and demonstrates proficiencies in the required standards for being on track to graduate.
High school graduates who join the Aroostook Scholars study participate in approximately 15 months of GEAR UP services following their completion of high school. A suite of mentoring interventions is offered to the participating students in an attempt to learn what mentoring services and how such services are delivered best influence persistence through high school graduation, first-year enrollment, second-semester persistence, and second year enrollment.