Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T. Washington
Our Educational Opportunity Fund is dedicated to assisting our students with realizing their educational and career goals- and this requires us to be available and supportive to you as you seek to manage school, work, family obligations, and “life events” as they unfold. Our relationship with you when strong, when meaningful, is based on open communication, staying connected, and working together to ensure your pathway to success.
EOF Student Success Model
Attending Brookdale as a member of our EOF program provides you a level of support that students over time view as nurturing a sense of belonging, a feeling that EOF is a home, a place where one can go to, be listened to, and helpful to connecting them to people and places at Brookdale and beyond. This support is intentionally designed to promote your learning and development. It’s about creating for students a pathway to college completion, for some transfer to four year colleges, for others workforce entry, and for all opportunities for character-building and where possible creating space for exercising responsible citizenship- giving back to others.
Your degree of success is partly shaped by offering you a comprehensive set of support services sponsored by our program-
- Annual E.O.F. state grant of $1,050 based on full-time enrollment, and upon approval, availability of summer study scholarships and E.O.F. grants for part-time study
- Assistance with securing other state and federal aid, and when coupled with the E.O.F state grant, can cover all college costs.
- A cost–free summer bridge program for first–time college students entering the program
- Financial literacy and life management programs/activities
- Availability of skill/motivational assessments to promote self-awareness and college success.
- Counseling and advisement designed to help students realize their educational, career, and personal goals.
- Learning assistance to help manage one’s academic studies successfully
- Preparation for transfer to four-year colleges with availability of EOF program admission
- Career assessment and planning to include a focus on work-readiness
- Civic engagement and leadership development activities, and based on eligibility, acceptance to our Rising Leaders Academy, and
- Based on eligibility induction into Chi Alpha Epsilon- our national academic honor society.
The Program and Student Partnership
Think about this for a moment. During 2014-2015 over $3.25 million was invested in our students when you look at both what it took to operate the program and the amount of Federal and state financial aid awarded to them. This financial investment in helping students realize their college goals, their life aspirations, is a major commitment that is sustained from one year to the next. But what about commitments students should be making as they are provided the opportunity to work towards realizing their dreams for earning a college degree and building their pathway to a bright future.
Your commitments to your future are inextricably linked to your college enrollment and making the most of this experience. Your commitment to and ability to succeed is linked to the health and well-being of our EOF program as your success ensures our EOF program is available to others who follow you! Those before you, those currently in the program, and what you do, and those that will follow you- all carry a responsibility to keeping our EOF program alive, respected for what it is able to do as gauged by the degree of success our past-present-future students are able to achieve.
This means we have expectations of you and ways to help you get to where you want to be. This means there has to be a partnership formed between program and student, and standards set yet attainable. As follows, expectations and standards are positioned within establishing a record of program participation and in summary form are described below.
First Year of Program Enrollment if a First-Time College Student:
Students are expected to register for full-time credit loads, and
a) attend a June New Student Orientation session,
b) attend the College Preparatory Summer Institute unless waived,
c) complete all financial aid processing including state processing,
d) complete student development assessments,
e) complete all FOCUS2 Career Planning and Financial Literacy on-line assignments,
f) establish a record of participation in advisement/counseling services,
g) participate in civic engagement programs/activities which may include community service, issue advocacy, and/or public education projects,
h) attend EOF Student Success Conferences,
i) enroll in EOF sections of HUDV 107 First Year Experience Seminar,
j) enroll in an HUDV EOF Math Supervised Study section if enrolled in a basic skill math course, and based on program referral, and
k) enroll in Project Excel which may include the EOF College Learning and Study Skills Program if academic difficulties emerge as reflected in final grades in courses enrolled in.
First Year of Program Enrollment if NOT a First-Time College Student:
Students are expected to register for full-time credit loads, and
a) attend a New Student Orientation session,
b) complete all financial aid processing including state processing,
c) complete student development assessments,
d) complete all FOCUS2 Career Planning and Financial Literacy on-line assignments,
e) establish a record of participation in advisement services,
f) participate in civic engagement programs/activities which may include community service, issue advocacy, and/or public education projects,
g) attend EOF Student Success Conferences,
h) enroll in Project Excel which may include the EOF College Learning and Study Skills Program if academic difficulties emerge as reflected in final grades in courses enrolled in.
Second Year of Program Enrollment and Beyond:
Students are expected to continue to register for full-time credit loads, and
Continue their participation in our two common core areas- advisement and counseling, and career development.
Moving beyond the common core, individualized program participation plans may center on a number of different areas. These may be involvement in transfer preparation for four year college admission, increasing one’s financial literacy, focusing on one or more life management skills, strengthening one’s work-readiness, broadening one’s learning enrichment through involvement in academic clubs-honor societies,-or strengthening one’s learning strategies for increased success in courses enrolled in.
There is also opportunity for involvement in leadership development activities and opportunity for being of service through participation in community service projects, issue advocacy campaigns, and public education awareness events; caring about the world around us- wanting to do something to help make this a better world is special to EOF as it has been an educational program driven by a social justice focus and whose roots go back the late 1960’s.
While the common core areas, advisement and counseling as well as career development, are supplemented by your individualized plan, this plan is further shaped by your a) academic status or grades earned, b) progress towards meeting degree requirements c) school goals and priorities, and d) taking into account your personal concerns, family matters, and work. Our intention is to help you to maintain balance between school, work, and other matters of importance to you.
A very important resource all students should refer to is the Student Handbook produced by The Division of Student Success. You can familiarize yourself with the many services that will support your success including very important College’s policies and procedures.
**The Student Handbook, however, is not the official statement of Brookdale Community College’s policies and procedures, and it is subject to change without notice.**
For complete information on a number of offices, visit OneStopStudentServices – it’s a great resource.
View Brookdale’s long term academic calendar, as well as current and upcoming dates – IMPORTANT DATES.