About The Center

Dr. William Sullivan

Dr. William W. Sullivan
Associate Vice President
for Retention and Outreach
and Executive Director

Dear Collegues,

The Center is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs design to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree.

The Center serves targeted students who are low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate degree.

The Center provides academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial literacy & guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access, retention and graduation. We provide direct support services for students, and relevant national training for directors and their staff.

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The Center's Vision

An environment where every individual can fulfill his or her post-secondary educational objectives.

The Center's Mission

The mission of the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (The Center) is to provide traditional and innovative educational opportunities to a diverse community through targeted services and research that promote personal success.

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The Center's History

The History of The UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (The Center):

1978 - Dr. William W. Sullivan is hired at UNLV as the Director for the Special Services for Disadvantage Students Program which was UNLV's only TRIO program that year. The funded proposal was only 17 pages long. Dr. Sullivan is a alumnus of a Chicago TRIO Talent Search Program.

1980 - Dr. Sullivan wrote the Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services grants. All three grants were funded. That year TRIO grants for the first time were funded for a three year cycle instead of two years and each proposal was 50 pages long. At one point (in the late 80s) funded TRIO proposals reached 500 pages each. The office name was changed from the Student Services Office to the Department for Academic Advancement (DAA) and the rest is history.

The first year that TRIO, GEAR UP & Title III Grants were funded at UNLV:

1966 - Talent Search
1967 - Upward Bound
1970 - Special Services for Disadvantage Students (Now known as Student Support Services)
1972 - The TRIO Programs moved to Flora Duncan Humanities Building (FDH) from the Student Union Building
1980 - TRIO Office named Department for Academic Advancement (DAA)
1994 - DAA moved to the Student Services Complex Building (SSC) first floor Rm. 143,
(2004 second floor Rm. 201), (2011 third floor Rm. 301)
1999 - The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program
1999 - Upward Bound Math/Science (UB/MS)
1999 - DAA Moved to the Tropicana offices Complex (All but McNair & SSS)
2000 - DAA was classified as a UNLV Research Center on April 6th. The Department for Academic Advancement changed its name to The Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO)
2002 - Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
2002 - Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
2003 - Training Program for Federal TRIO programs (TRIO Training Institute)
2015 - Student Support Services - STEM
2015 - Title III AANAPISI Program - Asian American, Native American Pacific Islander, Serving Institutions
2016 - Title III AANAPISI STEM Program - Asian American, Native American Pacific Islander, Serving Institutions

The Center’s mission is to provide traditional and innovative educational opportunities to a diverse community through targeted services and research that promote personal success. With that in mind, all activities conducted by The Center promote diversity in education and professional workforce.

The Center offers the following services: Academic Advising, Tutoring, Instruction in Developmental Courses (Math, Science, English, Writing, Reading Comprehension, Technology and English as a Second Language), assistance with college admissions and financial aid/scholarship applications, counseling on college‐ adjustment issues, school decisions and admissions, personal counseling, and referrals to other campus and community resources.

The Center currently (2016 - 2017) houses 21 federal funded programs. The Center houses 16 federally funded TRIO programs: One Ronald E. McNair Scholars Institute, two Student Support Services programs, two Upward Bound Math and Science programs, three classic Upward Bound programs, five Educational Talent Search programs, two Educational Opportunity Center and one UNLV TRIO Training Institute. Additionally three federally funded GEAR UP programs and two Title III AANAPISI programs. Other initiatives within The Center include Family Support Services, Parents Educational program, Peer Mentoring and Volunteer program, and Summer Food Nutrition program.

The first year of funding for the Federal Government Programs:
  • 1964 - UB
  • 1965 - TS
  • 1968 - SSS
  • 1972 - EOC
  • 1976 - TRIO Training
  • 1986 - McNair
  • 1990 - UB/MS
  • 1998 - TRIO Dissemination
  • 1998 - GEAR UP
  • 2008 - Title III AANAPISI