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Undergraduate students achieve through federal program

This article is the second in a series profiling Ohio University's college access programs. The university is preparing to honor this family of services on National TRIO Day, March 3.

Feb. 15, 2007
By Jessica Cuffman

Ohio University's College Adjustment Program -- known nationally as Student Support Services -- helps undergraduate college students attain success and earn a degree through various resources. It will be celebrated as one of three TRIO programs at Ohio University on National TRIO Day March 3.

CAP services at Ohio include free private tutoring, professional advising, peer advising, study tables, computer resources, a math lab, skills and strategies courses and supplemental instruction. The math lab and supplemental instructions are also available to all other undergraduates.

"Exiting CAP students consistently report valuing the program and believe it made a difference in their academic success at Ohio University," said Cynthia King, director of the Academic Advancement Center.

The program serves about 275 students annually who pass a two-tier screening process and are accepted after evaluation. Meeting eligibility does not guarantee admission because there are a limited number of openings each year.

To meet the first tier, students must have one of the following: an ACT composite of 22 or lower, an SAT combined score of 1100 or lower, a high school class rank in the bottom 60 percent of that class, or a General Education Diploma.

To meet the second tier, students must meet one of the following: be a first-generation college student, come from a family whose income meets federal standards for low income level, or have a documented disability that is registered with Ohio University.

"We send invitations to apply to CAP to all entering freshman who meet the first tier academic criteria," said King. "We also accept referrals to CAP throughout the year.  A student can apply at any time, but they must meet the first-tier requirements."

CAP at Ohio University has been funded through the United States Department of Education for more than 25 years.

"Many students mention their CAP adviser as the most valuable resource in the program -- someone who was always there for them during their undergraduate experience," said King. "As one student said about his adviser, "he never held our hand, but he got us where we needed to go."

For more information about CAP visit www.ohiou.edu/aac/cap/

Jessica Cuffman is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.


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Published: Jul 20, 2006 3:50:00 PM
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