Office of Opportunity Programs
The Office of
Opportunity Programs oversees university-wide programs that enable access and
provide academic and financial support to disadvantaged students who have the
potential to study at the baccalaureate level and beyond. Oversight responsibilities include program
leadership, policy development/implementation, fiscal planning and management,
performance monitoring, data collection and reporting.
With a forty
year history in the University, the Educational Opportunity Program exists on
forty-three campuses. The Educational Opportunity Program is structured to
realize the concept of access by extending admission to students who have the
potential to succeed in college but whose life circumstances have not permitted
them to achieve at the level of their potential; by providing academic
skill-building and support in the form of counseling, advisement, tutoring,
workshops and specialized coursework; and through the provision of financial
retention rates of Educational Opportunity Program students compare favorably
to that of the general student population at many institutions of medium
admissions selectivity. First year retention in the senior colleges is 84.5%
percent and the six-year 2008 graduation rate is 54%, respectively.
Educational Opportunity Program is the centerpiece of the university-wide
programming administered by the Office of Opportunity Programs, the GEAR UP
project, along with the GOP and EDPS tuition waiver programs represent
extensions of access to the middle/secondary school and graduate/professional
school populations respectively. Taken together, these programs form a
continuum of higher education opportunity.
Opportunity Program (GOP)
To further expand educational
opportunity and to promote graduate and professional study, tuition assistance
is provided to students who are graduates of the Educational Opportunity
Program or similar New York
State programs. Funding
support is contingent upon the availability of resources and attendance at a
participating SUNY campus that awards graduates degrees.
First Professional Study (EDPS)Limited resources are available for New York State Opportunity Program
graduates who are pursuing first professional study programs. Such
programs may include: optometry, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and law.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for
Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
The GEAR UP project is a federal/state initiative designed to better
prepare at-risk middle school students for the higher education. As
implemented in New York
State, this project
focuses on school districts/higher education partnerships across that state and
has provided services to thousands of students for the past two years.
The University is one of six higher education sector providers that provide
assistance and expertise to the local partnerships.