Arkansas State University Three Rivers (ASUTR) TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program is excited to announce the continuation of their grant program. On August 10, 2020, the program director received a phone call from the Legislative Assistant for Congressman Bruce Westerman, Patrick Dumas, providing official notification from the U.S. Department of Education of the program’s renewal grant approval. The ASUTR TRIO SSS program has been awarded $1.5 million dollars over the next 5 years, which gives the program an annual operating budget of $306,036.
The purpose of TRIO Student Support Services is to provide academic supportive services to 200 students each academic year who are first-generation, income eligible, or disabled in order to increase the College’s student retention, graduation, and transfer rates from two-year to four-year colleges. Included in TRIO’s supportive services are academic tutoring, coaching, counseling, advising support, transfer assistance, educational/cultural exposure, and other vital services as determined by the individual student’s needs.
The College’s TRIO SSS program has been providing supportive services to students consistently since 1997. In TRIO’s most recent annual performance report, 87% of the programs’ students persisted from one academic year to the next, 88% were in “good academic standing” for the academic year, and 62% served received an Associate’s Degree or Certificate. These statistics adhere to the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education.
ASU Three Rivers will host a celebratory reception on September 1, 2020, at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. This event will be hosted in the Administration Building Foyer on the ASUTR campus and is open to the public.
For more information regarding the TRIO Student Support Services grant at Arkansas State University Three Rivers or for questions regarding the services that TRIO SSS offers to students, please contact Vergina Smith-Joachim, TRIO SSS Director, at vsmith [at] asutr.edu or by phone at (501) 332-0215.