June 24, 2016
We recently learned that the U.S. Department of Education is behind schedule with respect to grant announcements for Talent Search and will be unable to meet the expectation laid out in the FY 16 Omnibus Appropriation bill that all Talent Search and EOC grants be announced by July 31.
While the Talent Search slate has been forward for clearance, the EOC slate has not yet been released by the Student Service Division. After the slates are released, they must be approved by a number of offices within the Department before being forwarded to Congress.
COE also learned the Eileen Bland (Director, Undergraduate Program Division, Student Service) and James Davis (Director, GEAR UP, Talent Search, and the College Access Challenge Grant Division, Student Service) will be switching positions. Ms. Bland will oversee the Talent Search and GEAR UP programs and Mr. Davis will oversee the Student Service Division.
The Department continues to plan that Upward Bound application materials will be released in August. COE will send out more information as we receive it.