The SDES TRiO Center is home to two Student Support Services (TRiO) programs: PRIME STEM and Project BEST. These programs serve college students who are first-generation (neither mother nor father has a Bachelor’s degree), low-income (usually PELL-eligible), and/or have a documented disability (and registered with Student Accessibility Services) by offering academic support services, opportunities, and resources to enhance personal skills and academic excellence.

Vision Statement

We aspire to become a national model of excellence for access, persistence, retention and graduation amongst TRiO programs by providing superior academic support services that guide our scholars to excellence.

Mission Statement

The SDES TRiO Center/Student Support Services program addresses the academic and social needs of eligible students enrolled at UCF who are first-generation in college, have a documented disability, or demonstrate financial need. The goal of the program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its scholars by helping them transition from one level of higher education to the next.

As an advocate for access to higher education, the SDES TRiO Center/Student Support Services program is committed to providing the support necessary to empower participants in developing and achieving academic goals. Through state of the art academic coaching, appreciative advising, holistic mentoring and quality professional and social development, the program will empower students to pursue and successfully earn baccalaureate degrees. We want to help participants to:

  • Develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes to complete a post-secondary education.
  • Achieve maximum academic success and career readiness.
  • Graduate as skilled, self-actualizing professionals and global citizens who lead through best practices and lifelong learning.

Program Objectives

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education (TRiO) has established three objectives for Student Support Services programs nationwide. The percentages are decided by each grantee and are (1) based on institution benchmarks and (2) what each institution deems as ambitious and attainable goals. These objectives are measured annually and are reported on the Annual Performance Report (APR) to the U.S. Department of Education. Programs earn prior experience (PE) points during years two, three, and four of the grant cycle. Years one and five bookend the cycle.