To increase rates of academic achievement, retention, and graduation among historically underrepresented students interested in the STEM - Health Science majors by providing holistic and individualized support services that maximize students' innate abilities, draw upon available resources within and outside of the university, and benefit students, families and the larger community.
The TRIO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America. 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. The original three programs have since 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.
We have seven TRiO programs at GVSU: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, Student Support Services, SSS STEM-Health Sciences and Teacher Preparation Student Support Services, and a Veteran's TRiO SSS.