Welcome to TRIO Programs at the University of North Dakota!
TRIO Programs at the University of North Dakota include the following:
Educational Opportunity Center
Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) helps individuals with academic potential to become enrolled in the college of their choice. EOC works specifically with people who have a low income and who are first generation, meaning neither parent graduated from a four-year college. Congress authorized funding for EOCs across the country in 1972. Members of Congress understood that adults often lack information about how to become enrolled in college, and how to get financial aid to help them pay for it. Helping low income, first-generation adults enroll in college helps to equalize access to higher education in America.
Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of North Dakota is a program within the Division of Student Affairs, funded by the United States Department of Education.
Talent Search is sponsored by the University of North Dakota and the United States Department of Education. The purpose of Talent Search is to provide assistance to people having academic potential but lacking adequate information or school preparation to enter, continue or resume programs of secondary and post-secondary education.
Upward Bound is a year-round program, within the Division of Student Affairs, sponsored by the University of North Dakota and the United States Department of Education. The purpose of the Upward Bound Program is to assist disadvantaged high school students in developing and enhancing their academic and motivational skills so they may graduate and successfully enroll in a postsecondary educational institution.
Student Support Services
The Student Support Services Program at the University of North Dakota is a program within the Division of Student Affairs, funded by the United States Department of Education. This program is designed to provide support services to economically disadvantaged, first-generation students and or students with disabilities.
What is TRIO?
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Over 850,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities — from sixth grade through college graduation — are served by more than 2,800 programs nationally. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRIO programs provide direct support services for students, and relevant training for directors and staff.
Where Did TRIO Originate?
The TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. (Previously only college financing had been on policymakers' radar.) TRIO began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 established an experimental program known as Upward Bound. Then, in 1965, the Higher Education Act created Talent Search. Finally, another program, Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (later known as Student Support Services), was launched in 1968. Together, this "trio" of federally-funded programs encouraged access to higher education for low-income students. By 1998, the TRIO programs had become a vital pipeline to opportunity, serving traditional students, displaced workers, and veterans. The original three programs had grown to eight, adding Educational Opportunity Centers in 1972, Training Program for Federal TRIO programs in 1976, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program in 1986, Upward Bound Math/Science in 1990, and the TRIO Dissemination Partnership in 1998.
Who Is Served?
As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes under $33,075, where neither parent graduated from college. More than 2,850 TRIO projects currently serve more than 830,000 low-income Americans. Many programs serve students in grades six through 12. Thirty-seven percent of TRIO students are Whites, 35% are African-Americans, 19% are Hispanics, 4% are Native Americans, 4% are Asian-Americans, and 1% are listed as "Other," including multiracial students. More than seven thousand students with disabilities and approximately 6,000 U.S. veterans are currently enrolled in the TRIO Programs as well.
How it works
More than 1,000 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies now offer TRIO Programs in America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. TRIO funds are distributed to institutions through competitive grants.
Why Are TRIO Programs Important?
The United States needs to boost both its academic and economic competitiveness globally. In order to foster and maintain a healthy economy as well as compete globally, the United States needs a strong, highly-educated, and competent workforce. To be on par with other nations, the country needs students, no matter their background, who are academically prepared and motivated to achieve success.
Low-income students are being left behind. Only 38% of low-income high school seniors go straight to college as compared to 81% of their peers in the highest income quartile. Then, once enrolled in college, low-income students earn bachelor's degrees at a rate that is less than half of that of their high-income peers — 21% as compared with 45%.
The growing achievement gap in our country is detrimental to our success as a nation. There is a tremendous gap in educational attainment between America's highest and lowest income students - despite similar talents and potential. While there are numerous talented and worthy low-income students, relatively few are represented in higher education, particularly at America's more selective four-year colleges and universities. While nearly 67% of high-income, highly-qualified students enroll in four-year colleges, only 47% of low-income, highly-qualified students enroll. (ACSFA 2005)
Director of Trio Programs
Phone: (701) 777-3418