The Student Support Services Program (SSSP) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has been awarded three five-year grants totaling $4.75 million that help ensure the program will continue to assist first-generation, low-income and disabled students in their academic success at CSULB.
The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Student Support Services Program.
CSULB SSSP Director Charity Bowles announced that the office received continued funding ($510,110 annually, $2.55 million/five years) for SSSP-Classic, which has been on the campus since 1970. The program assists students in achieving their potential through a variety of services, including advising, tutoring and information about financial aid and economic literacy.
“Each year, 450 students receive intensive and proactive services to close the achievement gap,” Bowles noted, “and SSSP-Classic surpasses the university rates in key success measures—99 percent good academic standing, 98+ percent retention and 78 percent of first-time freshmen graduate within six years.”
The office also received new funding for two new projects, SSSP-STEM/Health Science and SSSP-Disability Only. Each project will receive $220,000 annually, $1.1 million over the next five years.
During each of those years, the STEM/Health Science project will support student success for 120 students who are majoring specifically in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health science disciplines. At the same time, the SSSP-Disability Only project will work specifically with 100 disabled students each year.
“This year, we decided to expand SSSP’s impact on campus and won two new, competitive five-year grants—one that will focus on STEM and health science students and the other on students with disabilities,” Bowles pointed out. “These new projects will help put a dent in the access gap for these students, especially within the STEM and health sciences professions.”