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UAS Reverses Decision to Cut TRiO

As of late December, the office of the Provost has given TRiO their approval to reapply for the grant to aid the program here on the UAS campus. The total number of students actively participating in the TRiO program is up to 173, more than the minimum student requirement.

By: Hollis Kitchin


  Since the decision made during the spring semester in 2008, TRiO has been making a difference—not just in the lives of students, but in their own productiveness.

  Numbers of student participation have doubled.  When TRiO started out at UAS, there was great difficulty in getting students to join the program and getting students interested who qualified to join.

  “There’s no guarantee that we’ll get our continuation grant although, our performance is enough to get us some extra points for the grant,” Carol Comolli, TRiO Director stated.

  As of late December, the office of the Provost has given TRiO their approval to reapply for the grant to aid the program here on the UAS campus. The total number of students actively participating in the TRiO program is up to 173, more than the minimum student requirement.

  “I'm very happy that TRiO is getting to reapply for the grant. I love TRiO; they're great people to talk to when I'm feeling stressed, and it helps a lot,” TRiO member and math tutor within the program Charles McKenry Jr., an 18-year-old freshman in the bachelors of math program.

  TRiO is helping students out with the aid of scholarships, selecting a few students a semester. With their large selection of textbooks, they have the ability to lend out books to students within the TRiO program for their classes, Camolli explained.

  “I hang out with a lot of people that are in TRiO, they seem to be getting some really good vibes from the program,” Anissa Camacho, a 19-year-old freshman from Chicago Illinois majoring in marine biology stated.

  The TRiO program is a large part of the UAS campus. It contributes to the overall retention rate of students, and TRiO students have a retention rate of 75% versus the 40% of non-TRiO students. Camolli expressed that almost all of the TRiO students maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher

  “I don't think there's any question about that,” UAS Provost James Everett stated when asked if he felt that the TRiO program had improved since spring of 2008. “Whether or not we know how to manage that program in case the federal government decides not to fund the program, that's a bigger issue and in spite of the fact everyone seems to be focused on whether or not we can get a grant; we need to know how to manage that service”

  Given the state of the nation’s economy, if UAS receives the continuation grant towards TRiO, the question is where the funding for the grant will come from. If the campus is unable to get the grant, the problem of how to keep the program possible and well managed with out federal aid comes into view.

  “I’m hoping that when we go after the grant, the renewal, that we’re going to be successful because if the program disappears, we’re going to lose a service that’s a valuable service for students,” Gifford stated.

  The main concern within TRiO now is finishing and submitting the grant application before the summer 2009 deadline and waiting to get the news on whether they've received it or not.
 
 

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