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March 17, 2020

In this difficult time, I believe COE has two primary responsibilities. First, to the extent feasible, to meet the needs of educators working in college opportunity programs — especially the Federal TRIO programs — and the colleges and agencies that sponsor these programs. Second, to articulate the needs of the students and clients served by TRIO programs. At both the national and the campus levels, we must advocate for and assist in the design of creative approaches to meeting those needs.

The Needs of Programs and Institutions

We recognize the impacts of COVID-19. We understand the necessary steps our governments are taking to contain the virus will continue for many weeks, possibly even months. Most immediately, our professionals need to understand the Department of Education’s expectations for program operations and get guidance for continuing student services through this protracted time. COE is working closely with the Department of Education and I pledge to make sure that you receive timely information. As we move past this immediate period, we also pledge to use technology to bring us together as a community and help us emerge from this period stronger and more adept than when the virus struck.

The Needs of Students and Clients

COE was established because our founders believed that educators working in the TRIO programs were the best representatives for our students and clients. Today this remains true. Every step we take in the coming days must be focused on the needs of students. We must make sure that TRIO educators are positioned to be proactive in facilitating students’ educational progress even in these difficult times. An obvious need for many whom we serve is internet connectivity and tools to access the Internet. Other needs are also obvious: the need for housing and food security, the need to connect to counselors and peers, and the need for continued academic support.

Please tell COE your needs, the needs of your staff and students, and how you believe COE can best meet those needs. The COE phone line will always be answered during regular business hours. Any e-mail you send to me or to any of COE’s senior leadership team will be answered within 24 hours. I have attached a list of those individuals and their contact information.

Click here Document is available for download (.pdf) for a directory of COE’s Senior Staff.

As TRIO educators, you are on the front lines of this pandemic. Together, we can make a difference during this time by helping to address the needs of low-income and first-generation students, and students with disabilities, to ensure that they stay on track and meet their academic aspirations.

Thank you for all that you are doing.

Maureen Hoyler, COE President


Puerto Rico’s Upward Bound T3 Alliance Students Help Respond to Earthquakes

January 24, 2020

After the earthquake in Puerto Rico, the TRIO Upward Bound student participants — members of the T3 Alliance — began their project to set up quake early warning stations for residents.

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First Gen Celebrations Spread Far and Wide in Third Year

November 11, 2019

My life would not be the same without the Upward Bound program. I spent three summers as a participant, living and learning alongside other students who dreamed of becoming the first person in their families to attend college. Upward Bound was my support system.

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From Student to Scholar to Public Servant

July 25, 2019

My life would not be the same without the Upward Bound program. I spent three summers as a participant, living and learning alongside other students who dreamed of becoming the first person in their families to attend college. Upward Bound was my support system.

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30th Annual National Student Leadership Congress

June 26, 2019

On June 8-13, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) hosted the 30th Annual National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) at Georgetown University. This year, nearly 200 Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math/Science students from across the country, Puerto Rico, and Guam came to Washington, D.C., to learn, be inspired, and share their stories.

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Campuses Around the Country Celebrate First-Generation Students on November 8!

November 15, 2018

On November 8, 2018 — the 53rd Anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965 — the Council for Opportunity in Education once again partnered with the Center for First-generation Student Success for the second annual First Generation College Celebration.

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Texas Christian University and the Pursuit of HappineSSS

October 3, 2018

During the Council for Opportunity in Education’s 37th Annual Conference in New York City, Texas Christian University (TCU) was honored as the winner of the Student Support Services 50th Anniversary Student Video Contest.

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2018 Indicators Report Released at National Press Club, Encourages Dialogue among Scholars

June 15, 2018

On May 17, 2018, The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Education (Pell Institute) of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (PennAHEAD), released the Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States — 2018 Historical Trend Report at a meeting at the National Press Club.

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Past Presidents Unite for 40th Anniversary of MO-KAN-NE

May 7, 2018

On April 4-6, 2018, the MO-KAN-NE (Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska) Chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) celebrated its 40th Anniversary at their Annual Conference.

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Students Celebrate National TRIO Day 2018

March 16, 2018

TRIO Day began on February 24, 1986, when a congressional resolution (H. Con. Res. 278) declared that Saturday, February 28, 1986, should be designated as "National TRIO Day" to commemorate the annual achievements of the Federal TRIO programs.

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The University of Connecticut's Center for Academic Programs Celebrates Their 50th Anniversary

January 29, 2018

On October 28, 2017, the University of Connecticut's Center for Academic Programs (CAP) celebrated 50 years of Changing Lives through Educational Access with a gala on the Storrs campus.

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Campuses Celebrate First-Generation Students

November 22 2017

Here are just some of the activities that occurred around the country on November 8, 2017. Check out #celebratefirstgen on social media to learn even more!

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Capitol Hill Celebrates First-Generation College Students

November 13, 2017

On November 8, 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education, in partnership with NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, hosted the first annual celebration of First-Generation College Students on Capitol Hill.

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Morehead State University TRIO Program Helps Incarcerated Students

November 2, 2017

Any criminal conviction puts significant barriers before those wanting to improve their lives. It also reduces the pool of job candidates unnecessarily, according to two women who are working to help former inmates become college-bound students.

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McNair: From Limited Opportunities to Undreamed-of Careers

October 10, 2017

Despite a childhood of limited opportunity, Davarian Baldwin dreamed that he could become a politician or lawyer with predictable success.

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Helping Veterans Make the Most of the G.I. Education Bill

July 21, 2017

Julia Gusse can't tell you much about her service in the United States Air Force. She had top-secret clearance.

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Upward Bound Director of 40 Years Finishes His Career Defending Wittenberg University Program

June 14, 2017

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, said the Roman philosopher Seneca. And Eddie Chambers, Upward Bound program director for 40 years at Wittenberg University, was plenty prepared on March 22nd when he landed in Chicago and glanced at his cell phone before making his connecting flight back home to Ohio.

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Penn State's Talent Search Program: Strengthening Schools, Students

May 15, 2017

To sense the passion that Christal Graham-Jones has for her job as a Talent Search counselor, one only has to look at what she calls her "wall of fame," outside her office door at Sharon High School in Pennsylvania.

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TRIO Student Testifies Before Congress

March 31, 2017

Living in Greenville all my life helped me believe in the American Dream. But belief isn't enough. You also need hard work.

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TRIO Helped Homeless Student Succeed; She Helped Shake Up the System

March 14, 2017

After her first year of college, Jessica McCormick got the dreaded letter from the dean: pull your grades up or you'll be dismissed.

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Book Club Blazes Pathways to Leadership

February 27, 2017

"There's something special that happens when you get a group of powerful women in a room... and shut the door," wrote Andrea Wong in the forward of her book, "Secrets of Powerful Women: Leading Change for a New Generation."

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From Homelessness to Entrepreneurship with TRIO as the Spark

January 26, 2017

Ten years ago Hunter Lin was 11 years-old and working two jobs in China. Today he's a graduate nursing student at Johns Hopkins University and founder of a biomedical start-up company that hopes to launch technology at the end of 2017 to change how diseases are diagnosed around in the world. He credits TRIO with giving him a chance.

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As Actress Viola Davis' Star Soars, Others Recall Upward Bound Beginnings

January 3, 2017

When internationally-acclaimed actress Viola Davis gains her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Jan. 5, two special people will be among the many around the world cheering her on: Her older sister, Deloris Grant, and the sisters' earliest acting coach, Ron Stetson.The federal Upward Bound program links all three.

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