Thursday, April 27, 2017
Gengras Student Union room 218
Students’ Experiences with Supports Offered in Educational Opportunity Programs That Lead to Their Persistence in Postsecondary Education
The purpose of this single case study was to gain a deeper understanding of the supports provided by postsecondary education institutions to students in Educational Opportunity Programs (EOPs). EOPs provide typically low-income, first generation, academically underprepared, and underserved students, who are often overlooked but show potential, with supports they may need to help them persist to college graduation. A single case study was conducted focusing on the reports of EOP students and EOP staff and administrators to identify the supports that helped EOP students persist at a four-year public university in New York State. The supports examined were students’ transition from high school-to-college, financial supports, academic supports, social supports, and counseling supports. This study is beneficial to faculty and staff that work with underserved student populations, summer bridge programs, or Educational Opportunity Programs.