EOFPANJ Conference Seeks Proposals and Participants

The EOF Professional Association of NJ (EOFPANJ) will host its biennial spring conference at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ from April 14-17, 2020.  The conference theme is “Cultivating a Generation of Greatness”. The focus of this conference is to engage education professionals in conversations regarding trends in higher education and practices that support or hinder student success.  Register at EOFPANJ 2020 Spring Conference Registration. 

Additionally, the conference committee would welcome proposal submissions that will share information regarding challenges and successes of Opportunity Programs within the Tri-State Consortium experience. These workshops would initiate or continue discussions that move students towards academic success and college graduation. Please visit the EOFPANJ 2020 Spring Conference RFP link to submit your proposal.

Call for Manuscripts: The Journal of Access, Retention, and Inclusion in Higher Education

The Journal of Access, Retention, and Inclusion in Higher Education (JARIHE) supports research in the areas of developmental education, access, retention, inclusion, and student success in higher education. JARIHE contributors provide scholarly research, practical insight, and accounts of best practices to support students from traditionally underrepresented, first generation, and other marginalized communities. Readership includes faculty, program managers, legislators and college/university senior leadership. JARIHE is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication, which utilizes a double-blind peer review process.

Call for Manuscripts for the JARIHE 3rd Year Special Edition 2020

Please note: In recognition of our 3rd volume, the focus of this year’s Journal will be on research, position papers and reports on best practices as it pertains to student success broadly defined. To this end, this applies to all students and not only those programs who work with students in developmental programs. This does not exclude scholarly research, practical insights or best practices focused on developmental education programs. In short, manuscripts focused on developmental and non-developmental programs in two-year and four-year institutions are welcome. Additionally, submissions by graduate students are also welcome. Graduate students who are co-authoring with a faculty member are welcome as well.

As such, we welcome work from scholars and administrators who are familiar with two-year or four-year colleges/universities who have engaged with or research that examines student success from the following perspectives:

  • College retention, persistence and graduation rates
  • Honors and content specific student success initiatives (STEM, Business, etc.)
  • Developmental courses
  • Developmental course placement strategies
  • Issues of access and inclusion in higher education
  • Challenges and triumphs related to URM, first generation and other marginalized communities
  • Student success and student athletes
  • High-impact practices (study abroad, summer programs, etc.)
  • Programmatic developmental education strategies
  • Pedagogical strategies in developmental education
  • Financial support
  • Other topics related to student success

Manuscripts Submission Guidelines:

We welcome manuscripts with a maximum of 4,000 words (excluding tables, figures and works cited). The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth Edition, should be followed for reference style and all other rules of organization, punctuation, and editorial style. Manuscripts which exceed the maximum word requirement will not be considered.

Submissions will be accepted through April 1, 2020. Response from the editor regarding a decision will be prior to June 30, 2020. If revisions are necessary, a final version must be submitted by July 31, 2020. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020. Submissions accepted at:  Direct all questions to John B. Craig, Ed.D. Editor, at


All manuscripts must have an abstract with a maximum of 150 words.

Information Required:

  • Abstract with a maximum of 150 words should be included in the first page of your manuscript.
  • Blind manuscript including the abstract must be prepared as a Microsoft Word document
  • Separate title page including the title of the article, the name(s) and contact information of the author(s), and institutional affiliation(s).
  • Optional but strongly encouraged: Cover letter to the editor
  • Author(s) of manuscripts accepted for publication will be required to submit a biography with a maximum of 50 words.
  • Statement of Acknowledgement that this manuscript has not been submitted, accepted or published previously and is not under review elsewhere.

Election results

The Tri-State Consoritium welcomes the 2019-2021 Tri-State Executive Board officers. Their respective term will begin on January 1, 2020.

  • President – Phyllis Breland
  • 1st Vice President – Paul Dorestant
  • 2nd Vice President – Angela McNeil
  • Recording Secretary – Audrey Bennerson
  • Treasurer – Brett Pulliam

Watch for updates to the site after the transition begins and get ready for the 16th Biennial Conference in Pennsylvania in 2021!

EOF Proposed Amendements: Comments Requested

Please be advised that the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Board of Directors has proposed amendments to the Educational Opportunity Fund Administrative Procedures and Policies rules at N.J.A.C. 9A:11-2.8, 5.4, & 6.1.

The proposed amendments to the EOF rules at N.J.A.C. 9A:11-2.8, 5.4 & 6.1 will allow the EOF Board of Directors to permit high school students who participate in either a dual enrollment program or an advanced college preparatory program (where the student has earned either an associate’s degree or 24 or more college credits as part of their completion requirements to earn a high school diploma) to eligible for participation in the EOF pre-first year summer program and to realign the EOF funding priority consideration for students who participated within a dual enrolment program or an advanced college preparatory program. Additionally, pursuant to section 1 of P.L. 2018, c. 144 (N.J.S.A. 18A:3B-78), the proposed amendments to N.J.A.C. 9A:11-2.8 have been proposed to bring EOF regulations into alignment with the law that permits participating county colleges to award an EOF academic term grant to students who are enrolled in a three-plus-one program during the student’s third academic year of the program.

Full text of the proposed amendments can be found in the September 3, 2019 New Jersey Register or on the OSHE website under “Decisions and Rules”, labeled “Proposed Amendments to Educational Opportunity Fund Regulations N.J.A.C. 9A:11-2.8, 5.4, & 6.1.”

Comments must be submitted by November 2, 2019 to:

Dr. Hasani Carter
EOF Executive Director
Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
P.O. Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542

or via email:


The 15th Biennial Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education Conference has gone mobile! We’re excited to announce we have a brand new mobile guide for you to use on Guidebook! Get the guide to access the most up-to-date information about our event, including schedules, maps, and much more. Visit your phone’s app store to download the free Guidebook app.

Open the Guidebook app and look for the “15th Biennial Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education Conference” guide. If you cannot find our guide using our name on the search feature, please use their search function. Select the option to “Enter passphrase” and enter Tristate19 to download our guide.

This app will serve as the conference program so you should download Guidebook to your device before you come to the conference. There will be real-time updates so stay tuned.