About COP

About COP

As of January 2, 2019, the UC Davis College Opportunity Programs are administered by the Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) Center within the UC Davis School of Education. The College Opportunity Programs, established in 2011, specialize in creating and sustaining community educational partnerships to provide service and assistance to underrepresented communities throughout 11 counties in Northern California. The College Opportunity Programs provide academic preparation services to over 8,000 junior/senior high and college students and families each year, financed primarily by federal funding. Federal programs administered by COP include six Educational Talent Search programs, one Upward Bound program, a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate (GEAR UP) program, and two UC Davis Community Resource Centers located in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.

The mission of the College Opportunity Programs is to increase student preparation for post- secondary opportunities through academic enrichment, academic advising, motivational activities, and Junior and Senior High School partnerships. These activities span grades 7-16 and are offered both on the UC Davis campus and at middle and high school sites throughout Sacramento, Solano, Yolo, Shasta, Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity and Tehama counties.

COP specializes in developing new educational partnerships, oversees the administration and management of current educational partnerships; and develops programs to support school and district needs consistent with preparing students for post-secondary opportunities.

COP also specializes in developing alternative funding sources through grants or fund raising, in collaboration with the Student Affairs Development Office and other appropriate campus resources.

The College Opportunity Programs leadership team maintains university, junior and senior high school, and inter-segmental partnerships and collaborations that promote student academic achievement, equity, and access. The programs work with a diverse group of constituents and stakeholders, including outreach program directors; campus admissions officers; campus and community scholarship organizations; campus faculty; junior and senior high school administrators, teachers and counselors; community agencies; parents; students; the Office of the President; and professional organizations such as the College Board, ACT, the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC), National Association of College Admission Counselors (WACAC), the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP), and any local or national organizations relevant to directing academic preparation programs and educational partnerships.

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