Professional Development

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Increasing Math Competency Before the APR

August 23, 2022,

$350 for Members and $700 for Non-members | Part II – From Macro to Micro: Little Things That Work | Tuesday, August 23, from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. ET This session will address programming options for college and pre-college programs. Presenters will provide specific examples and pre-programming with a host of resources. Math is in…
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Opportunity Matters: Discovering Solutions, Expanding Horizons

For college access professionals, attending the annual conference is an investment in professional development that will provide more impactful leverage for programs and participants. The conference features discussions on new trends in college access and retention and connects college leaders to proven best practices that will improve local colleges. Attendees come to the annual conference to hear new ideas, meet new colleagues, and generate renewed energy. The agenda is filled with information to help college access professionals and students become more competitive professionally and personally.



Real-time technical assistance to ensure compliance with federal grant guidelines

Examine compliance with TRIO laws and regulations

compliance assessment

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technical Assistance

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manuals and guidelines

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Perhaps you’ve been struggling to take the leap on this project for a few weeks or even months. You are well aware that a policy and procedure manual will help you in a number of practical ways. A well-organized manual is a critical tool for orienting and training your staff.

The Department of Education, Office of Federal TRIO Programs performs site visits (also referred to as program reviews) at individual campuses hosting TRIO programs. We hope this manual assists you in communicating those accomplishments to site visitors to the U.S. Department of Education.

communities of practice

connect with college access & success professionals throughout our network

COE maintains several Communities of Practice that allow college access and success practitioners to share best practices and cultivate new ideas. Membership to any of the communities discussed in more detail below is free.


The COE International Access Community of Practice will provide a space for college opportunity professionals and their campus colleagues and partners to gain and share knowledge about helping the students they serve achieve global competence. Join us to forge connections, access resources related to studying abroad for students and professionals, and exchange information on best practices!

This community of practice aims to generate knowledge and evidence about practices that best serve our students. Community members see research, evaluation, and evidence-supported practices as crucial to improving the success of college access and success programs. Members also believe that knowledge, strategies, and techniques developed in the many successful programs around the country should be documented and shared with the larger community of college access and success professionals. Finally, this community hopes to share practical, innovative methods for evaluating the success of each program. Overall, this community of practice functions as a place to facilitate the sharing of ideas, network, and connect institutions in search of ways to support our students’ academic access and success.

The STEM Community of Practice seeks to generate a place for members to develop a body of common knowledge, practices, and approaches to promoting students toward STEM proficiency and careers. Areas of interest include program delivery and design, STEM resources, collaborations, and professional development. This community seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities related to the provision of STEM support in college access and success programs in different locals, and to build quality relationships among STEM educators, providers, and related entities. The ultimate goal is to support students’ opportunities and aspirations to pursue STEM courses of study that will lead to satisfying careers.

The COE State Leadership Community of Practice creates a space for current and incoming state and chapter officers to collaborate and share promising practices that develop state initiatives programs and strengthen the work of their associations. The purpose of this community is to provide resources to assist states and chapters in capacity building. The State Leadership Committee strongly encourages you to engage in discussions in the forum, participate in events and webinars hosted by the community, utilize and upload documents in the resource library, and reach out and connect.

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