Whereas, Amidst the struggle for civil rights and equality, California State Senate Bill 164 (Alquist) was put into law on September 4, 1969, establishing Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS);
Whereas, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services was established to “encourage local community colleges to establish and implement programs directed to identifying those students affected by language, social, and economic handicap…and to assist those students achieve their educational objectives and goals” (California Education Code §69640);
Whereas, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services has demonstrated its long-term success with a statewide retention rate of 88% and a statewide completion rate of 81%, consistently the highest of any large-scale student support program; and
Whereas, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services is present at 114 California Community Colleges, with EOPS having served more than 98,613 students statewide in the latest academic year in which complete data is available (Datamart – California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office);
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges hereby congratulate Extended Opportunity Programs and Services on its 50 years of serving students; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourage local academic senates to foster awareness of EOPS at their colleges in order to promote student success.
Completed a tBoG Ceremony.