Transition and Retention Services: Vol 2; Issue 3

The Educational Opportunity Program Joins the Division of Student Affairs!

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to provide academic support services and a grant for first-generation, low-income, and educationally underserved undergraduate students who are California residents or AB 540 eligible. The EOP staff is committed to helping students achieve their personal and academic goals in preparation for success beyond their undergraduate degree.

EOP support services and programs include: General Education Advising, New Student Mentor (NSM) Program, I Can, I Will (ICIW) Mentor Program, Tutoring Program, Academic Coaching for Educational Success (ACES), Summer Bridge Program, Beyond the Degree (BTD) Program, EOP Workshops, Employee Development Series, EOP Global Programs, EOP LINK Programming, EOP Honors Luncheon, EOP Graduation Ceremony, Guardian Scholars Program (GSP), Alumni Connect, First Contact, and Town Hall Meetings. 

In Fall 2016, EOP will welcome 739 incoming first-year and transfer students, increasing the total number of students served to 2040. 

In joining the Division of Student Affairs, EOP hopes to reach out and connect to the different departments to increase our collaboration and communication and further benefit the students.


EOP Month

The California State University system recognizes September as EOP Month. At SJSU we highlight EOP Month by hosting a series of events including our talent show, student appreciation luncheon, and annual welcome event for our entire EOP community. Additionally, in September, we reveal our annual motivational theme to the students, which is displayed on t-shirts that are given out to empower and unify the EOP community. The theme for this year is “Born to Achieve Great Things: Strength in History.”


The EOP Gala Benefit Dinner

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at San Jose State University (SJSU) will host its first EOP Gala fundraising event at 6pm on September 15, 2016 at the SJSU Student Union Ballroom.


September 15, 2016 - 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

An evening with Rita Moreno

Actress and Singer - Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award Winner

Location: SJSU Student Union Ballroom



The Gala is a benefit dinner to raise funding for EOP Scholarships. All proceeds will assist EOP students in numerous ways, including funding for emergency needs (i.e. housing, food insecurity) and Global Experiences.


Spartan Scholars Program (SSP) 2016

In the summer of 2016, the Division of Student Affairs launched its first campus-wide summer transition program, the Spartan Scholars Program (SSP), for incoming SJSU Frosh.  Students were selected for the program based on their Entry Level Math (ELM) score, English Placement Test (EPT) score, and financial need.  The program prepared students for a head start by providing them with an introduction to campus support services and resources, strengthening their writing abilities, increasing their communication skills, developing their time management skills, and fostering their leadership potential.  112 students successfully completed the 5-week residential program and were enrolled in a combination of Early Start math, Early Start English, EDCO 4, and/or SJSU 101.  All students earned units for completing the program’s academic curriculum and were awarded a new laptop in preparation for success at SJSU. 

In the fall, students will remain a cohort through enrollment in a First-Year Experience course and will also be paired with a peer-mentor who will further assist with acclimation to SJSU.

The program for 2016 was funded by a Student Success, Excellence and Technology Fee (SSETF) grant.  In addition, through the collaborative efforts of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, the Koret Foundation has awarded a $2,000,000 grant to SJSU for student success initiatives including $800,000 specifically earmarked for the Spartan Scholars Program.