February 3, 2016
“The story of TRIO and [the Council for Opportunity in Education] is largely about a handful of educators, mostly from minority backgrounds, who had little or no status within the higher education community. We had limited organizational experience, and few financial resources. We ultimately succeeded in establishing a national organization and in making TRIO a priority within the federal policy arena.”
— Mitchem, Arnold L. "Politics and Education: A Short History of a New Institution and a New Professional Class," Journal of Equal Educational Opportunity, 1982.
Last year, the Council for Opportunity in Education celebrated many victories. From a $60 million increase in TRIO funding to the inaugural publication of Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the U.S., 2015 was a banner year. (This brief document (.pdf) outlines many of the highlights from last year.) As we turn to 2016, we are pleased to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Council for Opportunity in Education. To kick-off this yearlong celebration, we offer this video of remarks by Council for Opportunity in Education President Emeritus Arnold Mitchem about the history & mission of the organization.