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The TRIO Clearinghouse on Educational Opportunity collects and disseminates information, resources, and research related to TRIO programs and TRIO students. In addition, the TRIO Clearinghouse focuses on issues of educational opportunity and access to higher education for low-income, first generation participants and students with disabilities.

Short Papers

Condensed current research on topics relevant to TRIO and other education opportunity programs that provide a research framework to inform and practice


  • Closing the Divide — Technology Use in TRIO Upward Bound Projects (February 2001) (.pdf)
    Closing the Divide is the first report from the National TRIO Clearinghouse on the topic of TRIO programs and technology. The National TRIO Clearinghouse conducted this study to assess the use of technology, particularly computer-based technology, by Upward Bound (UB) students and the role that Upward Bound projects play in providing access to that technology.


Monographs on retention in Student Support Service projects. These monographs are available for purchase at cost recovery of $7.00/monograph or $18.00/set. To order, please call (202) 638-2887.

  • Muraskin, Lana D. (1998). A Structured Freshman Year for At-Risk Students. National TRIO Clearinghouse. (ERIC Database ED 420 265).

    ABSTRACT — This monograph focuses on the first year of college and the need for structured first-year programs that help at-risk students make a successful transition to college. It provides a detailed discussion of the elements of a structured first-year program. Additionally, examples of structured first-year programs at five institutions of higher education the University of New Orleans; Marquette University (Wisconsin); Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho); University of Maryland at College Park, and University of South Carolina are profiled.

  • Velasquez, Patrick (1998). Cultural Activities and Campus Involvement. National TRIO Clearinghouse. (ERIC Database ED 420 266).

    ABSTRACT — This monograph draws upon theories of student involvement and persistence to demonstrate how cultural activities can involve and serve to validate underrepresented groups on campus. Case studies of four institutions' (University of California, San Diego; Southern University at New Orleans, Rhode Island College, and Southeastern Louisiana University) successful attempts to provide cultural activities and facilitate campus involvement for underrepresented students are included in this report.

  • Weinsheimer, Joyce (1998). Providing Effective Tutorial Services. National TRIO Clearinghouse. (ERIC Database ED 420 267).

    ABSTRACT — A three-year longitudinal study of student support service programs prepared for the U.S. Department of Education indicated that peer tutoring during the first year of college has a positive and statistically significant impact on students in each of three outcome areas: grades, credits, and retention, and that participation in the first year has an even bigger payoff for students than in later years. The report examined key issues in the design and implementation of tutorial services. Examples from current programs at Drexel University (Pennsylvania), Luther College (Iowa); University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; and Southwest Texas State University illustrate key points in the monograph.

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