Student Support Services (SSS) at USU Logan is a federally funded TRIO program designed to provide academic services and support for 196 bachelor degree students on the Logan campus. These students are in need of academic support and meet at least one, or more, of the following criteria: 1) low income, 2) first generation, and/or 3) experience a documented disability. Services provided are based on federal TRIO guidelines specified in the Higher Education Act and administered by the US Department of Education. USU Student Support Services is 73% federally funded, at $361,922 annually.
The Student Support Services will be an exemplary TRIO program for its best practices in serving students by providing "holistic and integrated services" at Utah State University, the state of Utah, and the region.
Student Support Services seeks to support first-generation and low-income students, or those who experience disability, who have potential to meet the challenges of higher education by strengthening and developing their academic and self-management skills. The focus of SSS is to ensure participants in the program have a realistic chance to persist in school and graduate from Utah State University. To accomplish these objectives SSS 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 on campus 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.