Introducing the TRIO student support resource collection from ASN partner The National Resource Center on the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. This two-part resource highlights evidence-based initiatives TRIO professionals use to address equity and student success through sound advising practices.
With support from the ASN, the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition developed a Professional Learning Community (PLC). The goals of the PLC included amplifying the voices of professionals engaged in equity work, fostering conversation on success and solutions, contributing to scholarly and practice knowledge bases, and expanding participants’ professional network. The PLC provided multiple virtual engagements and an in-person symposium, and produced this resource collection.
Major themes in the collection include a holistic approach to meeting TRIO students’ academic, social, emotional, and financial concerns, focusing on strategies to promote academic success and multiple opportunities for touchpoints throughout the year. These services provide TRIO students with a sense of connectedness to the program and institution, leading to a strong sense of belonging and self-efficacy. These services are effective advising practices for TRIO students but also effective for all college students.
- Part I introduces two case studies from diverse institutions (Tyler Junior College, TX; University of South Carolina) that demonstrate best practices that lead to student retention, a sense of belonging, and high engagement in intercultural learning;
- Part II features field practices of two TRIO professionals (York Technical College, SC; Georgia Institute of Technology) and a professional directing work with first-generation students whose work is guided by TRIO efforts (Technical College of the Lowcountry, SC).
Funded through the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Programs address barriers to educational opportunity for students who are first-generation, low-income, and those with disabilities, with the premise that education is an effective solution to poverty and marginalization. Additionally, TRIO provides motivational services and support to students as they pursue a college education.
Check out our HBCU resource collection for more student support resources.