UD Receives TRIO / Student Support Services Grant

Jul 21, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

The University of Dubuque has once again been selected to receive funding for the U.S. Department of Education TRIO / Student Support Services Program (SSS).  This highly competitive grant will provide our University and students with $1.1 million in funding over the next five years.  The SSS program provides academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation, and / or students with a disability. The goal of the program is to provide more direct support for students in and outside of the classroom while increasing retention and graduation rates and fostering an institutional climate supportive of their success.

A crucial aspect of the program mission is to empower students to achieve success through professional and peer-tutoring support as well as academic advising.  The program offers seminars and workshops throughout the year to help students develop the skills necessary for overall success.  Students meet with their program advisor at least once or twice each semester to discuss academic progress, student needs, and to develop a plan for the upcoming semester.

Offered SSS Program services include:

  • Academic tutoring;
  • Assistance in postsecondary course selection & graduation planning;
  • Major, career and graduate school exploration and preparation;
  • Financial education and awards;
  • Cultural and educational workshops, events and activities

“We are thrilled to continue with such a wonderful program that supports students who otherwise may not persist to graduation without additional guidance and encouragement,” commented Keisha Schroeder, TRIO/Student Support Services director.  “I have worked within TRIO / SSS programs for over five years now, and I have seen what an impact it can have on students, and

likewise the students on the staff.  We are thankful to be at UD, as the program is a perfect fit for the students we serve; the University faculty and staff are incredibly supportive and collaborative in the work we all do to help students achieve their goals.”