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Exceptional Educational Opportunities (EEO/EOF)

The Exceptional Educational Opportunities (EEO)/Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program provides access  to higher education to educationally and financially disadvantaged students, as defined by the Commission on Higher Education, Educational Opportunity Fund. Students are admitted via an alternate admission category and are eligible to receive a state-funded Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant. The EEO/EOF Program provides student-centered advising, counseling and academic support services to assist students in developing their intellectual, social, cultural and personal goals.  The main objective of the program is to assure that all students obtain their baccalaureate degree and pursue professional fields of work or graduate studies. The support services offered by the EEO/EOF Program augment those offered to all students by the University. The program supports Kean University’s dual mission of access and academic excellence. The EEO/EOF staff works collaboratively with various departments to support students' academic and social success in transitioning to college. 

One specific support service to EEO/EOF students is the Academic Year Level Programming (AYL), which provides academic reinforcement, self-development, and career development activities to ensure continued sequential development of skills and strategies critical to academic success. The AYL is required of all EEO/EOF students during their studies at Kean University. The programming addresses the needs of all students by providing access and awareness through group meetings, workshops, lectures, and career/cultural trips that motivate students to align their studies and career goals toward graduating in four years. Each semester counselors host Academic Year Level Meetings to discuss concerns common to all students on a particular class level. These meetings allow for the interaction among peers and the development of social processes. Listed below are the class levels and a description of the focus and scope of the AYL programming in each area.

FRESHMAN
Students are exposed to various majors, and cultivate self-awareness and competencies. Students also develop supplemental goals and objectives based on unique interests, talents, educational enrichment opportunities, informative workshops, and activities. Students are considered freshmen when 0 to 28.5 earned cumulative credits are achieved.

SOPHOMORE
Students are assisted in developing greater self-awareness by optimizing academic potential, developing meaningful academic plans, clarifying career and life goals, and developing job search strategies and techniques. In addition, students utilize campus resources and their interaction with faculty and staff to further explore major selection. Students are considered sophomores when 29 to 55.5 cumulative credits are earned.

JUNIOR
Students are expected to explore career options and develop a personalized Career Plan. Students participate in workshops, presentations and other activities that are designed to prepare them for graduate studies and/or the world of work. Students are considered juniors when 56 to 89.5 earned cumulative credits are obtained.

SENIOR
Students are expected to prepare for graduate studies or employment in a specific career field. The goal is to expedite the transition of seniors from fourth year students to graduates and active alumni. Students are considered seniors when 90 or more earned cumulative credits are completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
     
 
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