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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Bowie State University Student Support Services (SSS) program is to provide services that equip the TRIO Achievers academically, personally, and professionally, in a nurturing, innovative, and structured environment.

The objectives of the Bowie State University Student Support Services program include the following:

  1. 200 Participant Roster—The project will identify, screen, and select eligible participants in order to complete a 200-participant roster. At least two-thirds of the total participant roster, or 132 students, will be low-income and first-generation students or students with disabilities, and the remaining one-third, or 68 students, will be either low-income or first generation, or students with disabilities. At least one-third of all disabled students will also be low-income.
  2. Persistence—Of students accepted as participants in the SSS project, the following percentages will be enrolled in the institution or will have transferred or graduated in each of the specified years:
    • 75% after their first year of enrollment
    • 66% after their second year of enrollment
    • 55% after their third year of enrollment
    • 52% after their fourth year of enrollment
    • 49% after their fifth year of enrollment
    • 47% after their sixth year of enrollment
  3. Graduation Rate—Of students accepted as participants in the SSS project, 45% will have graduated by the end of their sixth year of enrollment.
  4. Good Academic Standing—Of students accepted as participants in the SSS project, 75% will maintain good academic standing (GPA of at least 2.0) at the end of each academic year.
  5. Administrative Requirements—The SSS project will meet 100% of the administrative requirements that include maintaining student records by cohort and required reporting and financial accountability by in-house monitoring.
  6. Needs Assessments—Of all students accepted as participants in the SSS project, 100% will be offered an academic needs assessment and student success plan.
  7. Financial Aid Resources—Of all students accepted as participants in the SSS project, 100% will be offered sufficient information on how to meet their full financial needs.
  8. Marketing—Each academic year, the SSS project will market project services to eligible participants and inform the Bowie State University community about the needs of SSS-eligible students through various print and electronic media.
  9. Graduate School—100% of project participants will be offered activities and information about attending graduate school and assistance in completing applications.
  10. Career Exploration—100% of project participants will be offered career exploration activities and assistance with career planning.