Educational Opportunities Program
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Carson Carr, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Support Services
Maritza Martinez, M.S.W.
Office of Academic Support Services Instructional
Paul Cummings, Ph.D.
Craig Hancock, D.A.
Claudia Ricci, Ph.D.
Mary Kay Skrabalak, M.S.
Silke Van Ness, Ph.D.
Project Excel (Student Support Services)
Chris Fernando, M.S.
Tasharni Harris, M.S.W.
EOP Program Counselors
Monica Hope, M.S.
Abdul Jarvis, B.A.
Patrick Romain, M.S.
Gladys Santiago, M.A.
Academic Talent Search Program
Alexandra Guerrero, M.S.
Dana Britton, M.S.W.
Osei Agyeman, G.A.
Marc Carter, B.S.
Youth Construction Initiative Program
Dr. Carson Carr, Jr., Statewide Director
Marsha Mortimore, Assistant Statewide Director
Commencing here at the University at Albany back in
1968, this 36 year old program seeks to provide admission opportunities for
economically and educationally disadvantaged students who wish to enroll in one
of many undergraduate departments at this University. Having the second largest
EOP in the SUNY system with 700+ students being served, one objective of the
EOP is to see that each student admitted is provided with all the services and
assistance necessary for success in whatever degree program he or she seeks to
complete. To this end, students enrolled in the Educational Opportunities
Program are provided with supportive services designed to help students who
need assistance in academic, financial, social, or personal matters.
Specifically, the following services are provided to EOP students by a staff of
professional counselors and departmental faculty members:
l Developmental coursework in reading/writing, math and study skills
l One to one personal/academic counseling
l Free one to one tutorial assistance
l Five week EOP mandatory Pre-College Summer Residential Program
l Monthly EOP newsletter
l Financial aid packaging
l EOP Computer User Room and an EOP Writing Center
l Peer tutorial and peer advisement services
l Career and personal growth workshops
l Study skills materials
l Graduate school advisement and EOP graduate school tuition waiver.
Providing academic supportive assistance designed to
increase the retention and graduate rates of two hundred low-income, first
generation, and disabled students is the primary intent of the Project Excel
Program. Funded by a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education,
Project Excel is a Student Support Services Program (A TRIO Program). Project Excel
will strive to achieve its goal of a graduation rate of 80% of its participants
by offering the following services: supplementary academic advisement, personal
counseling, career planning, financial aid planning and information; peer
mentoring; study skills workshops; instruction in pre-college biology;
tutoring; professional and graduate school speakers; graduate school seminars;
and field trips to local industries.
Post-Baccalaureate Achievement/AGEP/LSAMP/C-STEP Program:
The premise of this program is to provide students
from historically underrepresented groups (African-American, Latino, and Native
American) and low-income backgrounds and who are first generation college
students, with an opportunity to pursue M.D. and/or Ph. D. degree in science
and technology. The program seeks to recruit second year undergraduate students
who are majors in science and/or technology including (but not limited to)
mathematics, chemistry, biology, pre-med, public health, physics, economics, or
computer science with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.8 or higher. These
participants are provided with faculty research opportunities during the
summer. In addition, there is other programming to assist students with their
eventual goal of securing the undergraduate degree, as well as the Ph.D.
Talent Search Program:
The Academic Talent Search Program, a federally funded
TRIO project, provides lower income middle and high school students and adults
with programming to encourage them to attend school. Residents in the Capital
District (Albany, Schenectady, and Troy) are eligible to participate.
Programming includes tutoring in the schools, field trips to colleges, senior
seminar series to prepare students for college, personal, academic and career
advisement, SAT/PSAT review sessions, mentoring programs, cultural trip
programming, and GED advisement.
Construction Initiative Program:
The Youth Construction Initiative Program, funded by
the New York State Department of Transportation, is a comprehensive partnership
between the NYS Department of Transportation and the University at Albany. Its
major goal is to prepare motivated high school students (11th and 12th
graders) for careers in highway construction. There are eight high school sites
throughout the state and each has a site coordinator preparing these students.
These pre-apprenticeship students are exposed to career counseling, computer
and other technological training, summer job internships, field trips to the
colleges of technology, safety training, study skills workshops, etc.
Pre-College Summer Component
Each summer, incoming EOP Frosh
students participate in a 4-week residential experience on the college campus.
The program begins in July and ends in early August. The full cost of tuition,
fees, room and board, and books is paid for through an EOP Grant. Small
classroom instruction is offered to remediate, enrich, and provide a better
start for university courses that will be taken in the fall semester. Students
are also exposed to numerous academic and nonacademic survival skills,
extensive individual and group counseling sessions, and personal and
educational advisement. Other priorities during the summer include extensive
study skill enrichment and career awareness sessions.
The summer instructional staff
includes university lecturers who exclusively teach our EOP students during the
academic year. The academic subjects involve pre-college work in writing,
reading, and mathematics. EOP counselors who coordinate the extensive
counseling sessions are experienced and trained. They develop a unique personal
relationship with students, and this relationship continues during the
matriculation years. In addition to the instructors and counselors, student
assistants are also totally involved in the pre-college summer experience.
These peer tutors and lay counselors not only live in the residential halls
with the students, but also assist in the instructional process.
EOP Supportive Service Unit
It is the
obligation of an educational institution to contribute to the development of
the “total” individual. As such, the EOP staff insures that all channels of
supportive service are available to the members of the EOP population. The EOP
Office is the hub from which all EOP services radiate. Inherent in the
agreement to accept students into the EOP Program is the understanding that the
EOP staff commits its energies to the positive academic and social adjustment
of the individual students who select the program.
The EOP Complex
serves as the administrative unit through which academic assistance is provided
to all EOP students. EOP seeks to promote scholarship and to insure the
graduation of those students. The EOP Program incorporates basic social and
educational techniques to meet the different needs.
Incoming freshmen admitted to EOP are evaluated, their weaknesses and
strengths defined, and their special needs established.
As mentioned above, the developmental course curriculum offers
developmental courses in mathematics and writing. If needed, students are
required to take a maximum of two levels of developmental courses during their
pre-college summer program and during their first two semesters. During the
academic year, along with the developmental courses, students also choose
university courses. Although students receive transcript credit (not graduation
credit) for enrollment in the developmental courses, the individual growth
acquired can insure success in regular university courses.
The curriculum in writing is designed to develop and increase student
awareness of the value of writing, and to encourage participation in the
experience through writing in various modes and across the curriculum. The
course work consists of a two semester sequence in which students increase
their confidence and fluency in writing, learn to cope with writing in the
academic world, and learn the essentials of how to structure and write a
EOP seeks to offer its students a multidimensional approach to
individual development. Fundamental to each student’s successful adjustment is
the availability of comprehensive, competent counseling. Because the University
at Albany presents a very demanding, competitive, and in most cases unfamiliar
environment, the EOP staff counselors make every endeavor to reduce anxiety and
to help students in adapting to university life. Counseling staff members
advise and counsel students in academic, social, emotional, and vocational
areas in order to help resolve student problems. Consultation links are
sustained between the EOP counseling unit, the Advisement Services Center, the Campus Health Center, and other university service offices.
Peer Tutorial Program
program aims to provide a well structured peer tutorial support system to
assist student academic progress in University at Albany course work. This
tutorial program plays a vital part in contributing to the academic success of
the University’s EOP population. Recommended by university faculty members,
upper-class and graduate students are selected to tutor undergraduates in the
University’s many departments. To insure more effectiveness, tutoring is
usually done on a one-to-one basis. Although tutoring is optional, it is
strongly urged that students take advantage of this service before any academic
difficulty is incurred. Tutors will usually work as many hours as needed.
Other Student Services
have access to the Office’s own computer lab usage room. Staffed at all times
with a computer specialist, EOP students can receive technical assistance for
word processing purposes.
A number of
personal growth workshops are held yearly to aid EOP students with career
choices and personal enrichment. Facilitated by the EOP counselors and
University personnel, these career workshops improve a student’s understanding
of the academic departments and of prospective career goals. Also, personal
workshops focus on coping skills, study skills, time management, financial aid,
and graduate school entrance.
To assist the
EOP staffers with a better understanding of individual academic departments,
the EOP Office has a list of key faculty members who act as liaisons with EOP
and that particular department. In addition, the faculty members periodically
update the EOP staffers on departmental changes.
student is also encouraged to take full advantage of all academic and student
instructional component consists of university developmental courses and is
open to any matriculated student seeking help in writing skills and mathematics
skills. These courses do not carry graduation credit because they foster the
development of skills required for regular university courses.
O Eop 12 Written
Basic course in essay
writing and critical reading skill. Offered only to EOP pre-college students
during the summer. S/U graded.
O Eop 12A Writing
Skills I (0)
Students gain competence and confidence through extensive
writing practice with informal and formal assignments. Course work is highly
individualized through extensive revision and frequent student/teacher
conferences. Attention is paid to all aspects of the writing process. S/U
O Eop 12B Writing
Skills II (0)
Students gain competence
and confidence in academic writing through reading based assignments and
practice with standard academic discourse conventions. Students explore the
connection between personal expression and public discourse. Final course
project is a research paper and research based class presentation. S/U
O Eop 13A Math
Primarily a review course
in basic arithmetic and elementary algebra. It stresses the fundamental operations
and application of whole numbers, decimal numbers, directed numbers, fractions
(both numerical and algebraic), percent algebraic expressions, solutions of
various types of first-degree equations, and some verbal problems. Other
selected topics from algebra are also treated. S/U graded. [MS]
O Eop 13B Math
A terminal course in
intermediate algebra with additional topics in trigonometry, logarithms and
selected topics from analytic geometry. Mastery in solving linear and quadratic
equations, graphing, and performing the fundamental operations with fractions,
exponents, and radicals are included. The aim of this course is to prepare
students for the math courses and math-related courses offered by the various
departments at the University. S/U graded. [MS]
O Eop 13C Math III
Another terminal course
in trigonometry and pre-calculus topics. Satisfactory completion of the course
will prepare the students for the Mathematics 101 sequence. Only offered in the
summer to pre-college EOP students. S/U graded. [MS]