The DEEDS Strategy organizes university resources and actions to assist students traditionally underrepresented in higher education (students with high levels of financial need, first in their families to go to college and racially diverse students), with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of students who earn a bachelor’s degree in four years.

The programs connected to this strategy include Summer Advantage program for currently enrolled students; Presidential Continuation Grants to cover small, short term expenses to allow students to enroll for the next semester; Kupita/Transiciones, cultural orientation program for new students; student-faculty mentorship and career advising and internship experiences. A portion of these activities are funded through a generous grant from the Key Bank Foundation.  

Under the five elements of the DEEDS strategy, there are marque programs, resources and initiatives that the Workgroup has identified as helping the university to fulfill its mission to our students. This is not an exhaustive list; more efforts are being refined and added each year to ensure all students thrive. Highlighted are a few of those programs aligned with their corresponding element: