What is TRIO?
The TRIO programs include eight outreach and support programs targeted to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs:
- Student Support Services
- Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement
- Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science
- Talent Search
- TRIO Dissemination Partnership Program
- Education Opportunity Centers
- Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs Staff.
When and why did it start?
It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act.
"TRIO" was coined:
In 1968, Student Support Services, which was originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs.