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 TRIO programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstances. TRIO has evolved over the years and now consists of Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers. (http://www.coenet.us)
The TRIO programs at Iowa State University include three outreach and support programs targeted to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
Educational Opportunity for Low-Income and First-Generation Americans
Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.
In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs.
While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
TRIO Programs at Iowa State University
Programs offered at Iowa State include the McNair Program, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement.
The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares undergraduates for entry to graduate school, with the primary goal of increasing the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.
Educational Talent Search
The Educational Talent Search program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the post-secondary school of their choice.
Upward Bound provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits.
Student Support Services
The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post-secondary education.