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Director's Message

Welcome to the Student Success Programs at the University of Memphis!

The Student Success Programs (SSP), also known as Student Support Services, are part of an interconnected network of federal TRiO programs which are rooted in advocacy and support for assisting first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities. Since 1968, federal TRiO programs have instituted processes and mechanisms to increase retention, persistence, and graduation rates of our most vulnerable populations. "TRiO" programs have grown from the original three programs to eight distinct programs, serving populations in pre-college (Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search) and postsecondary (Educational Opportunity Centers, Student Support Services, McNair Achievement Program) levels.  Since 2005, SSP at UofM has demonstrated best practices in student retention and success. Our staff, most of whom share the same background as our participants, are committed to a common goal of leveling the playing field of educational opportunity. During 2010 SSP welcomed a STEM variation of Student Support Services. This separately funded initiative provides support and encouragement for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors and is intended to mirror strategic outcomes of our original SSS project.

  • Participants in SSP are twice as likely to persist and graduate from college when compared with students from similar backgrounds that do not participate.
  • On average SSP participants term and cumulative GPA exceed overall rates substantially when compared with non-participating students possessing the same demographic.

If you are a first-generation, low-income, and/or student with disability, I strongly encourage to join the SSP family by completing our program application.

We look forward to your participation!

Melvyn HardingRespectfully,

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Melvyn Harding

Director, Student Success Programs

University of Memphis