The primary mission of the Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement is to work collaboratively both within the Ithaca College community and the community at large, in order to provide a comprehensive menu of support services to participants in the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (C-STEM) Program, throughout their college career. This mission is a reflection of each educational opportunity program's purpose and intent for providing an eligible student with access to a higher education degree, support services, and an opportunity to develop an enriching and solid academic underpinning, in order to thrive in his/her chosen major, career or field. Our mission is a commitment to academic excellence which enhances and promotes the mission statement of Ithaca College.
Through the Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement at Ithaca College, the mission of HEOP is to provide a comprehensive menu of support services to pre-freshmen, opportunity program transfer students, and continuing IC students who, because of both academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend Ithaca College. Support services continue until graduation.
Through the Office of Access, Opportunity & Achievement at Ithaca College, the mission of C-STEM is to increase the number of historically underrepresented IC students who are pursuing health-related careers, licensed professions, and/or expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, by providing a comprehensive menu of support services, up to and beyond graduation.