An Act of the New Jersey Legislature created the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program in 1968. It was conceived as part of a broad range of programs that addressed segregation, systemic poverty, and economic and educational marginalization. EOF’s mission is to provide New Jersey residents access to higher education and opportunity for intellectual growth. The program serves New Jersey residents who are capable, motivated, and require support services to successfully navigate the academe.
We seek to promote academic excellence by cultivating an appreciation for education that transcends the classroom into local and global communities.
Our focus is on access, academic excellence, and research, the SEBS Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) cultivates student capacity to make adaptive changes in their educational development and overcome historic socioeconomic factors that challenge their potential for success. SEBS EOF seeks to provide services that assist students in navigating the complexities of an academic and social climate, within a global environment; and, facilitate an understanding of what is required to succeed in college as a science major at Rutgers. Seeking to produce researchers, scientists, and health professionals, SEBS EOF promotes learning outcomes that positions the program to become a leading producer of first-generation graduates and high achieving STEM professionals.
Core Values: A.G.R.E.E.
Academic Research Training (A.R.T.)
We promote the enhancement of individual analytical reasoning skills to encourage inquiry designed to engage each student’s thoughtful approaches to addressing societal problems using scientific reasoning; with the expectation that students will enroll in graduate degree studies.
We support each student’s desire for academic success creating an environment where educationally purposeful activities focus on removing distractions that hinder graduation.
We engender an office climate that provides or directs students to resources that will assist with addressing those academic, social, and personal concerns that contribute to student attrition.
We promote student understanding of the founding principles and ideas of EOF, hoping to instill a feeling of confidence and sense of belonging for enrolled students.
We exude and expect honest, responsible, and ethical behavior as we develop course curriculum that supports student academic success leading to enrollment in graduate school studies.
Our philosophy on education is:
If you are planning for a year, plant rice.
If you are planning for a decade, plant a tree.
If you are planning for a lifetime, educate a person.
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