The SDES TRiO Center is home to 8 federally funded pre-collegiate and collegiate grant programs.  Our colleigate programs, termed Student Support Services (or SSS TRiO) programs are: PRIME STEM and Project BEST  Housed on UCF’s main campus, these programs serve college students who are first-generation, low-income and/or have a documented  and registered disability 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.

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.

Our Program Goals

Our main goal of the program is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its scholars as they transition from one level of higher education to the next.  In addition, we achieve the following goals with our scholars through academic coaching, holistic mentoring, quality professional and social development:

  • Empower student to pursue and succesfully earn baccalaureate degrees
  • Provide support for students to develop and achieve their academic goals
  • 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