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Opportunity Programs in Higher Education-
Transcript of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education-
The Benefits of a Summer Bridge Experience for First Generation and Low Income Students
Both programs recently started institutionalizing assessment for their programs, within the past three years.
UCSB Program with the limited assessment notices a trend in increasing retention rates for STEP participants with 91% returning to their second year after freshmen year.
Stevens STEP Program also has noticed an increase in retention rate with 85% of freshmen participants returning after their freshmen year.
Continue Assessment and find a way to institutionalize it
In addition to the quantitative assessment include qualitative assessment to speak for the numbers
Encourage and support student group to raise awareness and financial support for STEP programs
Opportunity programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, each state is allocated funds.
New York state:
HEOP: private institutions
SEEK: city colleges (CUNY)
EOP: state schools (SUNY)
EOPS: community colleges
EOP: UCs and CSUs
EOF/EOP: all higher education institutions
Stevens Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,600
Student Ethnic/Racial Breakdown:
2.9%- Black or African American
14.5%- Ethnicity Unknown
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,000
In-State Resident: $34,177
Out-of State: $55,221
Student Ethnic/Racial Breakdown:
1%- American Indian/ Alaska Native
4%- African American
16%- Asian/ Pacific Islander/E.Indian/ Pakistani
Services Opportunity Programs Provide:
Peer to peer
Staff to student
Summer bridge programs
These resources help students throughout college in order to aid in their matriculation...
UC Santa Barbara
Federal Funds are distributed to the UC Regents who then disperse funds to each of the UCs
The UC president reallocates the budget before handing it off to a campus chancellor.
The Chancellor divides the budget between departments across the campus. EOP at UCSB shares their department with 30 other offices.
Lock in fee: students voted to impose a tax on themselves that goes towards EOP programming.
Why STEP works
History of STEP
At UCSB student's wanted to add a retention component to their EOP experience, STEP was created to help students get better acclimated to the campus. STEP began small and over a 10 year time frame grew to host over 300 students for 4 weeks. Each year after that however, budget cuts affected the program, now STEP hosts 75 students for only 5 days.
EOP targets this population of students because of the lack of resources they have experienced leading up to college.
Opportunity programs are designed to improve access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.
Why is EOP important?
One key to EOP's success is their summer bridge initiative which builds a solid foundation for students to transition from high school to college.
College level courses
Interaction with campus staff & faculty
Residence Hall-Living experience
Familiarity with campus
Peer to peer bonding
STEP @ UCSB
STEP @ Stevens
" 50% of EOP students are actively engaged in research activities compared to 60% of non EOP students. This states that EOP students, if given the opportunity, will utilize resources and benefit the universities research output." -EOP Director @ UCSB
FUNDING BREAKDOWN @ UCSB
"There is a need to provide programming for all students, especially the ethnic groups, and connecting them with the professionals of color to provide mentorship. Let the student see that they can have an influence on their campus climate."
-STEP Director at Stevens
Started in 1968, by concerned Stevens students and faculty members that students from the area were not meeting the requirements to be accepted into Stevens. When the program was started the focus was in high school students, preparing them to be up to par for Stevens admissions.
By: Briget Arndell & Daniel Galvan
In the early 70's EOP was intiated by Chican@/Latin@ students at UCSB in order to provide students with resources to help them succeed once recruited. By 11980, students felt the need to implement a retention based program that would help students adjust quicker to college life. STEP began very small and grew each year. The past 10 years however, the program has reduced. At it's peak, STEP was 300 students and 3 weeks long. Now it's 75 students and only 5 days. BUDGET CUTS