Increasing College Access

VAEOPP’s member organizations take a number of steps to increase college access and affordability. Pre-college programs such as Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math Science take middle and high school students on campus tours, administer Learning Style Inventories, and sponsor robotics teams.

Student Support Services programs increase persistance rates in college by providing free tutoring, academic coaching and tracking, access to graduate and professional school tours, and a limited amount of grant aid. Through a series of workshops and seminars, counselors equip students to take effective notes, help them overcome test anxiety, and train them to have more effective dialogues with professors during office hours. Peer Mentor programs help students navigate their transition to campus life and orient them to the surrounding community. And many of our programs utilize Early Alert Protocols to identify academic, financial, or social impediments to optimal student achievement, at which point they implement targeted interventions catered to each student’s particular strengths and academic deficiencies.

Educational Opportunity Centers help non-traditional potential college students and displaced or underemployed workers from families with low incomes matriculate or re-enroll in college.

And Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement programs encourage low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study through the provision of research opportunities and faculty mentors.

For more information about specific programs offered near you, check out our member institutions’ respective pages and websites.