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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Academic Achievement Programs

2204 Marie Mount Hall, 301-405-4736
Dr. Jerry L. Lewis, Executive Director

The Academic Achievement Programs (AAP) primarily serves traditionally under-represented and low-income and first-generation college students.  Academic support, skill enhancement, academic advising and counseling, and tutoring are provided for these populations and for students with disabilities.  Academic Achievement Programs include the Intensive Educational Development (IED), Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair), the Summer Transitional Program, and Student Support Services (SSS). EOC, McNair, and SSS, are part of the Federal TRIO programs and are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote access, provide support services, motivate, and prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds for retention in and graduation from undergraduate programs and to prepare for doctoral programs.

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
Dr. Marcal Graham, Associate Director

EOC is supported by a U.S. Department of Education grant designed to assist persons 19 and older, low-income, and first-generation in pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities.  UM-EOC serves primarily Inner-Beltway communities in Prince George's County and provides assistance in the application processes for admission to and financial aid for post-secondary education. Specific guidance is given in selecting colleges, completing the FAFSA, and promoting post-secondary education for target populations.  EOC also works with high school seniors in some Prince George's County High Schools.

Summer Transitional Program (STP)

Dr. Tilahun Beyene, Associate Director, AAP and IED

The Summer Transitional Program (STP) assists students in both their academic and personal adjustment to the University.  It includes very intensive skills enhancement in math, English, and college study strategies, coupled with enrollment in a selected three-credit university CORE course with tutoring to facilitate students' academic adjustment.  In addition, students enroll in a one-credit orientation course and participate in weekly individual and/or group counseling sessions. The six-week STP is required of all students admitted to the University through SSS/IED.

Intensive Educational Development (IED)
Dr. Tilahun Beyene, Associate Director, AAP and IED

IED provides an array of intensive academic and tutorial services to first-year and second-year students who participate in the Summer Transitional Program (STP), eligible first- and second-year transfer students, and other eligible students who seek academic support. The IED program begins with the STP; prospective students who are admitted to the University through the IED program are required to attend this six-week transitional program. Successful completion of the STP is required for admission to the University.  Admitted students continue to receive program services throughout their undergraduate career at the University.

Student Support Services (SSS)
Dr. Tilahun Beyene, Associate Director

SSS is a U.S. Department of Education grant supported program geared toward low-income and first-generation college students. It works in conjunction with the IED Program focusing much of its support to first- and second- year students. SSS provides academic and career advising, tutoring, stress management, and study-skill and test-taking support to eligible low-income and first-generation undergraduate students throughout their time at the University.  The SSS program also provides financial aid workshops and assistance, individual and group counseling, and leadership development workshops.  In limited cases, SSS provides supplemental grant aid to eligible participants in the program.

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Associate Director

The McNair program is funded and designed principally to prepare low-income, first-generation college juniors and seniors and/or students from traditionally underrepresented groups to attend graduate school, especially, to pursue  doctoral degrees.  The McNair program offers a six-week summer research experience that affords students the opportunity to work intimately with faculty mentors on specific research projects, refine skills in written and oral communication, computer applications, statistics and research methodology. Participants are required to complete a research abstract/paper for publication. Seniors are given the opportunity to participate in a mock dissertation defense, they receive financial support toward presenting their research at conferences.  The program also offers assistance with preparation of a compelling personal statement, admission and financial aid applications, preparation for graduate school admissions tests, and successful completion of graduate degrees.


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