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1 UCO Commitment to TRIO Programs Students and Institutionalization Myron L. Pope, Ed. D. SWASAP Annual Meeting Dallas, TX November 11, 2014

2 Our Roadmap Today My background and current role A little about UCO UCO commitments UCO commitment to institutionalization What you should consider doing

3 My Background Math/Science Program at Stillman College First FT job was as Talent Search Counselor at Alabama Southern Community College Served as a McNair Mentor at OU and UCO VPEM in 2005 Fortunate to serve as the VPSA supervising TRIO program

4 Changes… TRIO programs were under Academic Affairs With the permission of USDOE, Barry Lofton became Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions and TRIO Programs Victoria Arnold became Director of SSS and Project Persist Commitment to undergraduate research Commitment to diversity, student access, affordability, and success

5 A True Metropolitan University: Access, Affordability, Commitment to Success % Diff Caucasian9,91010,53010,55210,37210, African-American1,4871,6231,6501,6111,5453.9% American Indian % Asian % Hispanic ,0461,1241, % International*8801,0311,2311,3211, % Pacific Islander % Two/More Races , % Not Declared 1,561 1, % Total16,09217,10117,23917,21117,2177.0%

6 Student Profile 54% of freshmen expect to work 30 hours or more Almost 50% each year are transfer students 94% of our freshmen are committed to completing their degree …but there are challenges….

7 Class of new freshmen surveyed What percentage have neither parent with an associate’s degree or higher  36.7% What percentage of those have neither parent who have ever attended college at all  42.6%

8 Class of new freshmen surveyed What percentage have neither parent with a Bachelor’s degree  46.8%

9 Class of new freshmen surveyed What percentage have both parents with graduate or professional degree  5.4%

10 UCO commitments to TRIO  Any and all TRIO students receive free application fee waivers (applies to undergraduate students)  Each TRIO grant is assigned a grant accountant to help keep budgets on track  Under the Division of SA, TRIO grants will now receive their portion of IDC  UCO commits to providing staff with prominent office locations (University Library)

11 UCO commitments to Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science  Discounted rates on housing and dining  Waived tuition for summer bridge students  Scholarship opportunities (Robert E. Burke Scholarship was created specifically for UB or UBMS students that attend UCO)

12 UCO commitment to McNair: Focus on Undergraduate Research  After grant was not refunded (2012), UCO continued to provide support for McNair Scholars and support staff  UCO funded McNair Scholars to attend and present research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, regional research symposiums, and TRIO Day  UCO provided tuition waivers for undergraduates and continues to provide tuition waivers for graduate students  Hosted an international research exchange program with sister university in India. All costs were paid by UCO. No cost to scholars or program. 4 Scholars in total were able to participate. *UCO also hosts an TRIO SSS Day for community colleges (No cost to the participant or TRIO programs)

13 TRIO Day at Central for UB/TS juniors and seniors Understood the limitations of many UB and TS budgets Past administrations had not advocated for programming for TRIO programs (tours, etc.) No cost to the participants or TRIO programs Further connect our TRIO programs with their peers Transfer office connection with two year SSS programs for “SSS DAY at UCO” Create the pipeline to college (THE GOAL)

14 SSS Traditional, Est. 2001: TRIO Funded to Serve: 160 SSS-STEM, Est. 2010: TRIO Funded to Serve: 120 Project Persist - Freshmen Retention Initiative, Est. 2014: Institutionally Funded to Serve: 500

15 TRIO Student Support Services *N/A = Graduation is reviewed at the conclusion of the sixth year of the grant. Highlights Peer Comparisons Future Focus Beyond the Bachelor’s Grad Prep curriculum 19.2% of UCO SSS students attend graduate school compared to 9.3% of their peers

16 Probation and 1 Yr. Retention Rates (%) 26.7% of SRTK on probation after 1 st semester.  example: 525 of 1,964 FTF Only 25.6% of students placed on probation returned for 2 nd year.  example: 128 of the 525 returned Compared to 64.1% of SRTK that return for 2 nd year. FTFT Probation After 1st Semester by Academic Year & Cohort Size 0203 N= N= N= N= N= N= N= N= N= N= N=2168 Total Yes No

17 Graduation Rates SRTKProbation Cohort Graduated w/in 6 yrsCohort Graduated w/in 6 yrs % % % % % % % % % % 6 yr graduation rate average for SRTK Cohort is 35.2% 6 yr graduation rate average for Probation Cohort is 7.1%

18 Project Persist Highlights 500 first-time, full-time freshmen with HS GPA < 3.16 Current fall-to-fall retention for a comparable cohort is 48%, high impact practices project an increase to 65% fall- to-fall retention Institutional Support Four Retention Coaches each serving 120 students Four funded and dedicated lecturer positions Future Focus Refine selection and continue to scale Impact 5 year graduation rates

19 So….What Now For You???

20 Lead from where you are

21 So….What Now For You??? Lead from where you are Tell your story: Everyone loves an underdog story.

22 So….What Now For You??? Lead from where you are Tell your story: Everyone loves an underdog story. Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate

23 So….What Now For You??? Lead from where you are Tell your story: Everyone loves an underdog story. Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate Engage TRIO alumni

24 So….What Now For You??? Lead from where you are Tell your story: Everyone loves an underdog story. Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate Engage TRIO alumni Seek out alternative funding

25 So….What Now For You??? Lead from where you are Tell your story: Everyone loves an underdog story. Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate Engage TRIO alumni Seek out alternative funding Tie your outcomes to institutional values/characteristics

26 So….What Now For You??? Lead from where you are Tell your story: Everyone loves an underdog story. Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate Engage TRIO alumni Seek out alternative funding Tie your outcomes to institutional values/characteristics Did I mention that you need to tell your story, especially to new administrators!

27 Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. -Chinese Proverb

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