STEP Program Wins National Award

Posted: February 22, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: February 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

The Office of Diversity Programs and Services’ Student Transition and Empowerment Program (STEP) program has received national recognition from the College Board through its awards program that honors innovative and effective best practices to help minority and low-income students get ready for, get into and get through college.

The STEP program, under the direction of Joya Crear, won a 2011 CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Award for the southern region in the category of “Getting Through.”

“We all certainly know what a highly innovative and transforming program STEP is — but it’s nice to know that nationally the program is also recognized for such notable qualities,” says Sandra Scherrens, vice president for University Life.

“Please join me in congratulating Joya and her staff for this very significant achievement.”

As a part of this award, STEP will be highlighted as a model of success in implementing innovative strategies to increase student achievement and also received a modest financial award. In addition, Crear was invited to attend the Southern Regional Forum in Atlanta on Feb. 10 to accept the award and participate in a panel discussion.

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