Student Support Services
The Student Support Services Program is a
Federally Funded TRiO Program. Arkansas Tech
University received a Grant to fund the program to
achieve the goals of the Student Support Services Program.
Student Support Services Beginnings:
The TRiO programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America, and Student Support Services was one of those original programs. The Educational Opportunity Act established an experimental program in 1964, and by 1968 Student Support Services was a part of the original "trio" of programs. These programs were to encourage access to higher education for the eligible students.
SSS Mission and Goals:
The mission of Arkansas Tech University's Student Support Services Program is to increase the retention and graduation rates among program participants by providing comprehensive, individualized academic support.
SSS will accomplish this mission by having specific goals for every student, based
upon their individual academic need. Each student will be assigned an advisor, and
this advisor will help the student develop a personalized success plan. The student
and the advisor will determine what that plan will entail, whether it is tutoring,
skills, career advice, or many other goals.