About Us

What is TRIO SES & STEM?

TRIO SES & STEM is much more than a program. It is a community! Our dedicated and experienced staff provides a welcoming, supportive, and inspiring place for students who are navigating the challenging environment of the University. The program provides comprehensive, personalized support services to eligible students, helping them achieve academic success and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. We also support students as they prepare for graduate school and for success in a global environment. Apply here today!

2019-2020 A Year in Review

To learn more about our program, we invite you to enjoy the digital version of our annual Year in Review.


The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs

The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) is building a legacy of learners and leaders through a commitment to educational equity. CEOP programs provide support for academic, financial, social, and career goals to students and families by partnering with Kansas school districts and communities in Douglas, Franklin, Leavenworth, Shawnee, Wyandotte counties, and serves communities throughout Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. Additionally, CEOP provides evaluation support to programs in Kansas and Tennessee.

The Achievement and Assessment Institute

CEOP is one of six centers housed within The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas which exists to improve the performance of students, adults, and public agencies throughout local, state and national communities. AAI and its centers partner with numerous agencies to improve the lives of children and adults through academics, employment, career advancement and building healthy environments, as well as to enhance the capacity of organizations that help children, adults and communities succeed. AAI was established in 2012 through the merger of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, established in 1983, and the Institute for Educational Research and Public Services, established in 1997. Both organizations have long track records of successfully building partnerships and programs that support the achievement of young children, school-aged children, adults, and publicly-funded agencies. In July 2013, AAI became one of 12 designated university research centers and institutions by KU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.