EOP Marks 50 Years of Helping Students Succeed

Two hundred eighty-five Buffalo State students were honored at the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Honors Convocation on May 4, the program’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Arthur Eve, a former New York State Assembly member, founded EOP in 1967, and it has since served more than 3,600 Buffalo State students. It currently enrolls 776 students, many of whom show the potential for college work despite lower high school grades or test scores. EOP students are expected to earn the same grades as their counterparts, and the program’s retention rates are comparable to those of the campus as a whole. EOP staff members provide services that include tutoring, academic advisement, and counseling. EOP now exists on 45 campuses across the State University of New York system.

“As EOP was founded at Buffalo State, our celebration is to thank the college for 50 years of nurturing and support to the program,” said EOP director Yanick Jenkins.