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Washington State University Office of the Provost

WSU TRIO Programs

WSU is home to 18 TRIO programs that strive to support students’ success, and 6 of those are managed by the Office of Academic Engagement (OAE). In fall 2020, OAE received a $4 million, five-year grant that funds 3 TRIO programs–the ongoing ATLAS program (recently renamed Teacher Prep), plus two new ones for STEM and veteran students.

The 18 TRIO programs at WSU serve nearly 4,000 individuals, with about $5 million in grant funding annually from the U.S. Dept. of Education. The programs are managed by several university units across the state. They serve pre-college as well as students currently enrolled.

Washington high-school students participate in Upward Bound programming that helps prepare them for college-level academics. Current WSU students engage in a number of programs, including the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program which provides guidance from undergraduate into graduate programs at the university; it was the first WSU TRIO program in 1999.

TRIO programs associated with WSU include:

* Programs operating under the Office of Academic Engagement

PullmanCougs Rise (Eastern Upward Bound)*
PullmanCougs Rise (Upward Bound Math Science)*
PullmanCougs Rise (Western Upward Bound)* Raymond
PullmanSTEM Student Support Services*
PullmanTeacher Prep Student Support Services*
PullmanTRIO Student Support Services Programsssp.wsu.eduLucila
PullmanUpward Bound Central Okanogancollegebound.wsu.eduMeghan
PullmanUpward Bound North
System-WideVeterans Student Support Services*
SpokaneUpward Bound
Tri-CitiesStudent Support Services
Tri-CitiesTRIO STEM and Health
Tri-CitiesUpward Bound Columbia
Tri-CitiesUpward Bound
VancouverTalent SearchFelix
VancouverTalent SearchFelix
SpokaneTalent SearchJames

TRIO: Federal programming

Nationally, TRIO refers to a set of federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. The goal is to help them progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to graduate school.