The TRIO Achievement Program is a TRIO Student Support Services project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which supports the retention to graduation of students from modest income backgrounds and those whose parents do not have a four-year college degree. Students with documented disabilities may also participate in the TRIO Achievement Program.
At Knox, the TRIO Achievement Program provides eligible students individualized support and comprehensive programming to promote academic success, personal growth, and a meaningful sense of community.
TRIO assists with all aspects of the student experience -- personal, financial, academic, cultural, and more. The five goals of the program are retention, graduation, good academic standing, graduate/professional school enrollment, and a positive campus climate for TRIO students.
TRIO has been at Knox since 1974. The TRIO Achievement Program has demonstrated a positive impact on the retention and graduation rates of TRIO participants at Knox College. In the past five years, the program has achieved an average annual success rate of 94.2% among active participants each year. Graduation rates among active TRIO participants have improved 35% over the past five years. More than 90% of students who entered the program as new participants in 2008 are projected to graduate within the federally defined six-year period.