Albany – Students graduating from SUNY’s
Educational Opportunity Program have been garnering prestigious awards and achieving
academic excellence again this spring. Among the honors and achievements for EOP
students were induction into the national honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa, Chi Alpha Epsilon, Phi Theta Kappa, the Chancellor’s Award for
Student Excellence, and graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum
addition, 593 EOP students graduated this spring with at least a 3.0 GPA and
earned an honors certificate of achievement from the SUNY Educational
very proud of the academic accomplishments of our EOP students and we greatly
appreciate the hard work of everyone on our campuses that supports their
efforts,” said SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark. “Time and time
again, when given the opportunity, SUNY EOP students excel academically.”
of these students are a testament to their hard work and the support they have
received from EOP, our outstanding faculty and administrators,” said SUNY
Provost Risa I. Palm. “It also underscores the value of public higher education
in this state and the critical role that SUNY plays in offering a world-class
education to all our citizens.”
decades EOP has proven to be remarkably effective in preparing economically
disadvantaged students for academic success,” said SUNY Vice Provost for
Diversity and Educational Equity Dr. Pedro Cabán. “Continued funding for this
program not only affirms New York State’s commitment to expanding access to
higher education, but contributes to our state’s social and economic
Associate Vice Provost for Opportunity Programs Robert D. James said, “Thanks
to the financial support of the Governor and the Legislature and the counseling,
tutoring and mentoring of the EOP staff and the SUNY faculty, SUNY EOP students
overcome poverty, and academic challenges and continue to achieve at remarkable
rates. All of New York State can take great pride in their exceptional
Success - Highlights
At Stony Brook University, EOP students and
spring 2008 graduates Ewelina Fiedor, Shatiya George and Latoya Joyner were
inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Stony Brook University’s Summa Cum Laude
graduate Latoya Joyner also won the campus’ Provost’s Award.
addition, EOP students Sade Greene of Purchase
College, Chinelo Onochie of Stony Brook University and Nayrobi M. Rodriguez
of Buffalo State College were among
those earning a bachelor’s degree and the Chancellor’s Award for Student
students earning the Chancellor’s award include Brain Dubenion, a Buffalo State
College graduate student, Jhonatan Matos, an undergraduate at Westchester Community College, and
Venus Wiggins of Erie Community College.
140 EOP students were inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon and eight EOP students
were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, which recognizes the accomplishments of
students at two-year campuses.
the Educational Opportunity Program
percent, the six-year graduation rates for EOP students continue to best the
rates nationally for four-year public institutions by 6.6 percent and exceed
the 51.5 percent rate for private four-year institutions.
EOP students who have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of
the spring semester are awarded achievement certificates.
enrolled through SUNY’s EOP have family incomes consistent with the
federal poverty guidelines and grade point averages below the usual
threshold for admission, but have demonstrated the potential to master
college-level work with the appropriate support.
aid through EOP assists eligible students with the cost of textbooks and other
related expenses. Program participants are assigned an individual EOP
counselor who provides personal, academic and career counseling. Support for
EOP students may also include tutoring, developmental coursework and workshops
on time management, study and organizational skills.
founding of the program in 1967, more than 55,000 EOP students have earned a
bachelor’s degree. An individual with a college degree will earn $1 million
more during his or her lifetime compared to someone who never went to college.
About the State University of New York
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