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University of Arizona - Early Academic Outreach

  • University of Arizona - Early Academic Outreach
  • 888 N. Euclid Ave.
    University Services Bldg., #501 PO Box 210158
  • Tucson, AZ 85721
  • 520-626-2300
  • Rudy B. McCormick, III.
  • Director
  • 520-626-2300

Program Description

The mission of the Office of Early Academic Outreach (EAO) at the University of Arizona is to increase the number of low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation college-bound students who aspire to attend and are eligible to enter a university degree program.

EAO has worked to develop a Theory of Change(link is external), or guiding document, for the office's strategic efforts to increase college access to a four-year degree for traditionally underrepresented students in the State of Arizona. In particular, five strategies for change are identified that can help students to aspire, plan, and eventually apply to college. These strategies include:

    • Working Directly with Students - Students need to understand that the academic preparation for college is based in coursework that they have been taking since elementary school - Math, English, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language and Fine Arts. Beyond academics, student are encouraged to be involved, to take on leadership opportunities, and to give back to their communities for a well-rounded experience. Finally, by explaining federal financial aid and scholarships, students begin to understand the resources that can help them to finance their college education.
    • Engaging Families - Families play a critical role in a child's decision to apply to college and where they will attend. By building upon the funds of knowledge that families already have, college access professionals can provide college knowledge to families so that they can further support their students college aspirations.
    • Partnering with the K-12 System - Educators, counselors and administrators all have the potential of being college advocates. College-going cultures exist in each school and community, and there is an opportunity to build upon what already exists by providing actionable strategies that encourage students toward understanding their postsecondary educational options.
    • Fostering Personal Discovery and Career Aspirations - When students are given the opportunity to discover their own strengths and areas of challenge, they can begin to explore future majors and careers that excite them. Once they are able to see the "light at the end of the tunnel," students begin to understand and commit to preparing for college.
    • Creating College-Bound Peer Groups - College outreach is at its best when students, or parents, work with one another to promote a college-going culture. With a little information and support from educators, messaging from fellow students and parents can go a long way in exciting peers about the steps toward a college degree.

    Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • Arts and cultural
    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College fairs/campus visits
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • Leadership development
    • Mentoring
    • Parent/family services
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
    • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)

Demographics

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk

First-Generation

  • Less than 25%