Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

  • Students were afforded with the opportunity to attend our 6-week Summer Bridge Academy to assist them in advancing in their developmental coursework. We added a leadership component into Summer Bridge which will expose students to key skills in problem-solving, conflict resolution, cross cultural communication, self-advocacy, and leadership dynamics. Note: Currently Summer Bridge Students have higher course pass rates in their EO 665 courses than students taking the same classes during the regular semester. The Summer Bridge student retention rate also surpasses that of other first time freshmen.
  • We created an Ambassador program to take a three pronged outreach approach:
  1. outreach to prospective students with an emphasis on academic preparation and the application process
  2. outreach to continuing students to promote utilization of retention services
  3. outreach to students who have stopped out of the University (newly emerging project)
  • The program held EOP Information Day to expose students and parents to Sacramento State and the services offered by the program. Over 300 students and parents attended.
  • An EOP Student Leadership Organization was created in order to provide a platform for students to connect and re-engage with the program. Leading in Excellence, Activism, and Diversity (LEAD) hosts events for students in order to promote their social integration into campus life.
  • Entering EOP students participate in a fall learning community can have an assigned tutor and mentor. We offered a community in each of the 7 Colleges. All of the students in the program participated in a community engagement activity to promote the concept of service learning and to emphasize the importance of drawing on community resources.
  • We increased tutoring in the Center to include English and math along with 15 difference subject areas. Students also had access to our computer lab to ease the completion of course assignments.
  • Students in the program were enrolled in Ethn-98 to facilitate their transition to the Colleges in order to help them with decision making areas related to career and major options.
  • Developed a walk-in program to provide advising and counseling services to continuing students in the program.
  • Instituted a more formalized “undeclared program” to assist students with major declaration and exploration processes. The program includes collaborative activities with the Career Center, workshop formats, an undeclared advising questionnaire, and on-line resources.
  • Worked more closely to shore up our seniors for graduation with a culminating celebration. We have also begun work with the Alumni Center and the expansion of our alumni database to help match our current students with alumni out in the community to promote professional growth and job shadowing opportunities. Note: This is a newly emerging project.
  • Developed an intensive and focused effort to retain students on probation and academic disqualification. Such interventions include close follow-up on student contracts, connections made by our student interns with students, and on-going meetings with students to ensure accountability for their academic progress by designated counselors.