Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program

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State
New Jersey
Academic Level
Associate
Issue Area
Transfer
Key Personnel
Program Focus
First Year Support

Overview

The Educational Opportunity Fund at County College of Morris provides a gateway to higher education for students who need academic and financial support. EOF is committed to transform incoming students into scholars.

Goals:

  • Encourage students to continue their post-secondary education and/or to become successful professionals in a diverse society.
  • Consistently accomplish high retention and transfer rates.
  • Strive towards timely graduation rates (within 3 years) of students served.

Program Description

Through the years, EOF at CCM has grown into a comprehensive holistic support system that provides bi-lingual first- generation/low income predominantly Latino college students with customized holistic academic support that fosters persistence to graduation, academic achievement, and personal and leadership development. Today, services include recruitment, summer bridge/college readiness program, parent orientations, individual academic/social counseling, pre-advisement, academic planning, transfer assistance, workshops, professional mentorship, online academic support, and a scholarship. The program meets students where they are, regardless of their background, academic aptitude, social challenges, and/or needs, customizes the support for students individually, helping them fulfill their academic and professional goals.

Outcome

  • For the 2018 cohort, the overall program graduation rate was 38%, compared to the institutional graduation rate of 32%. Below is a breakdown of Latino participant data.
  • The EOF Latino graduation rate was 52%, compared to the institutional graduation rate of 27%.
  • EOF has exceeded even the college's own retention rates, boasting an EOF Latino (FTFT) retention rate of 76% in AY 2019-20 compared to 71% for the institution’s overall rate.