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What is SSS
Student Support Services is a federally funded Trio program designed to provide specific activities and services for 190 students. These students are in need of academic support and meet at least one, if not more, of the following criteria: 1) low income, 2) first generation, and/or 3) have a documented disability. The services provided are based on the operation plan described in detail in the grant proposal document. The program is awarded funding based on this proposal, making it the official contract between USU and the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. The Principal Investigator for this grant is Dr. Nazih Al-Rashid, the Director of the SSS Program.
The Student Support Services will be an exemplary TRIO program for its best practices in serving disadvantaged students by providing "holistic and integrated services" at Utah State University, the state of Utah, and the region.
Student Support Services seeks to support disadvantaged students who have potential to meet the challenges of higher education by strengthening and developing their academic and self-management skills. Its focus is to insure that participants in the program have a realistic chance to persist in school and graduate from Utah State University. To accomplish these objectives Student Support Services provides services to enhance students' academic success, personal skills, and social skills. Providing services in these areas corresponds to the University's mission to support students' intellectual development, personal growth, and community advancement.
To implement the program's aims as outlined in its mission statement, the Utah State University Student Support Services program focuses on five major goals
- Recruit eligible students who meet federal low income, disability, and/or first generation guidelines.
- Increase the retention of disadvantaged students in the University.
- Increase the academic success of eligible students by increasing their GPA.
- Increase the number and percent of disadvantaged students who graduate from the University.
- Increase the number and percent of disadvantaged students who pursue graduate or professional schooling.