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Mission Statement

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.

HEOP

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.

C-STEM

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.