The Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education is a not-for-profit association of volunteer members in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
It includes educators, administrators, counselors and staff, working in the state supported educational opportunity programs in New Jersey (Educational Opportunity Fund), New York, (Educational Opportunity Programs in the State University System (EOP), Higher Education Opportunity Programs, New York State Education Department (HEOP) and Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) in the City University of New York), and Pennsylvania (ACT 101).
The Tri-State Consortium has a four-fold purpose:
- To improve access to, and the quality of, higher education for students who are economically disadvantaged and academically underprepared in the states of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania;
- To stimulate conversation and share common concerns and techniques among various opportunity program personnel;
- To increase the effectiveness of these programs by strengthening the case of support; and
- To ensure the survival of Opportunity Programs in the Tri-State region and beyond.
It represents educational institutions, state education agencies and others involved in the administration of state-supported educational opportunity programs in post-secondary education. At these institutions, the opportunity programs serve tens of thousands college students from educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds.
It is our goal to produce a cadre of educated citizens who will be well versed, sensitive to issues of cultural diversity, and have a heightened sense of social responsibility as they set forth to enhance the quality of life in the respective communities they serve.
The Executive and Conference Committees of the Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education coordinate a major conference every other year. The 16th Biennial Tri-State Conference will take place in 2021. Our most recent conference took place in Long Island, New York from April 13 – 17, 2019 and celebrated the theme “Creating New Futures by Educating and Liberating for Life in an Era of Change”. Visit our conference archives to learn more and connect with us on social to keep the conversation moving.