University’s TRIO programs join Enrollment Division


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The University’s TRIO Programs have joined the Enrollment Division, as of July 1.

Notre Dame has served as a host campus for TRIO since 1966. In that year, Rev. Ted Hesburgh, C.S.C., launched the University’s Upward Bound program, one of our nation’s oldest and most successful college preparatory programs. Upward Bound has provided intensive academic support and exposure to South Bend high school students to enter and succeed in higher education. Throughout the academic year, more than 100 local youth spend time on campus taking enrichment classes. Campus-based Upward Bound programs provide students instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, science and foreign language as well as intensive mentoring and support as students prepare for college entrance exams and tackle admission applications, financial aid and scholarship forms.

In 1980, the University’s Talent Search program was established. Talent Search is a college access program that provides academic, career and financial counseling to South Bend youth in grades seven through 12, empowering them to graduate from high school and continue to post-secondary education. This early intervention program helps students from low-income families to better understand their educational opportunities and options. Over the past 10 years, the ND TRIO Talent Search program has served more than 8,000 local youth, with 1,000 students taking part in the program this past year alone.

Together, Upward Bound and Talent Search comprise Notre Dame’s TRIO Programs. TRIO is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.

Roxanne Gregg, executive director of Notre Dame’s TRIO Programs, now serves on the Undergraduate Enrollment Leadership Team and reports to Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment Micki Kidder.

The TRIO Programs’ move to the Enrollment Division will further the division’s emphasis on outreach and pre-college accompaniment efforts.

“I could not be more thrilled to welcome Roxanne and all of our TRIO Program colleagues to the team,” Kidder said. “Together, we will continue to invest in purposeful, trusting relationships with middle and high school students in our community. I am encouraged by the impact that these efforts can have on helping prepare and encourage more talented, intellectually curious, other-centered youth in our community to pursue degrees at Notre Dame and other institutions of higher education.”