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Students’ Perception of the Effectiveness of College Opportunity Programs

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Researchers, policymakers, and administrators have shown great concern over the efficacy of college opportunity programs. Yet, research suggests these programs are essential in providing college access and opportunity for underrepresented college students. This study explores the perspectives and experiences of 12 students enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program at a small, public, 4-year institution in Northeastern New Jersey. The findings illuminate the importance of college opportunity programs to promoting access for underprepared, first-generation students. Opportunity programs increase self-efficacy, academic and social belonging, and persistence.

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