Washington State University Tri-Cities TRiO Student Support Services

About

Washington State University Tri-Cities received a $1.1 million grant in Fall 2010 from the U.S. Department of Education to create a TRiO Student Support Services Program for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students.

WSU Tri-Cities will use this five-year grant to increase student success to graduation. About 140 eligible undergraduate students will be served annually.

At the start of this grant, about 40 percent of WSU Tri-Cities students are classified as low-income and as the first in their family to attend college. Many of these students are from groups under-represented in colleges and universities. Having a Student Support Services Program is key to the WSU Tri-Cities vision of becoming the state’s only four-year public Hispanic Serving Institution.

The grant is financing three staff members to offer one-on-one tutoring, counseling, advising, and mentoring through the cultural change of going to college. The staff also will give workshops on topics including study skills, note taking, financial aid, career preparation, and financial literacy.

The U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO Programs (TRiO) are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO programs are targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. Learn more about TRiO at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html#news.

Mission

Our mission is to help participants to:

  • Develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to complete a post-secondary education
  • Empower them to confidently take control of their academic success
  • Achieve academic success and, ultimately, a bachelor’s degree

Objectives

The TRiO Student Support Services program at WSU Tri-Cities will meet the following grant objectives:

  • Serve 140 participants each year
  • Assure that 2/3 of participants qualify as first-generation and low-income, or disabled
  • 80% of participants served will persist from one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year
  • 75% of participants served will meet the performance level required to stay in good academic standing
  • 48% of new participants served each year will graduate within six years