TRIO programs provide educational opportunities for first-generation, low income and students with disabilities. AASAP members are passionate about helping students meet their potential and achieve their goals.


REMINDER--2018 Arkansas TRIO Achiever applications are due on August 3, 2018. Click HERE to access more information and the application details!

June 13, 2018

Happy Hump Day!                                                                                                      

I hope that everyone is doing well.  As some of us gear up for summer sessions and the rest of us gear down with preparing for Fall, I want everyone to remember that we still need to advocate for our programs.

PROSPER Act: Yesterday, SWASAP sent out a call to action concerning the PROSPER Act.  While the “whip count” may have happened last night, remember it is not OVER yet.  Please take the time to contact your Representatives to encourage them to vote “NO” on PROSPER.  Below is the information from SWASAP sent out yesterday:

SWASAP has learned that on Tuesday evening, the House Republican leadership will conduct a formal “whip count” to determine whether there are enough votes to pass the PROSPER Act in the House of Representatives. Although there is no chance of a full reauthorization of the Higher Education Act this year due to stalled action in the Senate, an affirmative vote on the PROSPER Act in the House would have significant implications on the overall reauthorization process. Passing the legislation in the House would signal approval to the Senate on the many troubling proposals included in the bill, including several negative reforms to TRIO.

Therefore, it is critical that all TRIO supporters, but particularly those represented by Republicans in the House of Representatives, take time on Tuesday morning to call their House Representative with the following message:

“My name is ___________ and I’m a [TITLE] at [INSTITUTION] in [CITY, STATE]. I want to urge [REPRESENTATIVE] to vote against the PROSPER Act because of harmful reforms it proposes to the Federal TRIO Programs.”

After you call, urge five more friends to call. Our purpose is to create a high volume of calls to House Republican offices with a single message VOTE NO ON THE PROSPER ACT!

Remember, the PROSPER Act proposes to:

1. Require the Secretary of Education to set aside an unlimited amount of TRIO dollars for new applicants (undermining the experience and efficiency of existing programs)
2. Create a 20% matching requirement
3. Limit eligibility for institutions that host similar programs

These are just a few of the many concerns with the bill. That is why more than 400 higher education associations and institutions signed a letter in opposition to the TRIO proposal in the bill.

Thank you for your quick action on this critical matter.

COE National Conference:  Remember the COE National Conference will be in NYC!  If you are planning to attend this event, please email me at I would love to meet with as many AASAP members as possible and maybe have dinner together.  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this great conference! Here is the link for more information on the COE National Conference:

Fair Share: Big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to fair share and for the all the hard work that Jeanette Youngblood has done!  AASAP is at 111% for Fair Share!  SWASAP is at 105%.  Nice job everyone and we greatly appreciate you donating to COE!

UAMS Grant: Robin Howell, Project Manager for UAMS regional programs reached out to AASAP to ask for support for the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant.  UAMS is interested in promoting partnerships with TRIO programs across the state.  As President, I am happy to say that we sent out a letter of support.  As I have spoken with Robin at UAMS, whether they receive the grant or not, UAMS is interested in fostering a growing partnership with TRIO programs.  As I receive more information I will get it out to all the membership. I am very excited to see this partnership grow and offer these benefits to our students.

Be on the LOOKOUT:  Please be watching your emails and our social media pages for updates:

·        AASAP Fall Conference in beautiful Hot Springs on September 30-October 2.  The conference committee is working hard to make this a great professional development for all! 

·        Be thinking of your TRIO Achiever nomination!  Everyone has a great student that is doing wonderful things in their chosen career path, please be thinking of whom you can nominate for TRIO Achiever!

·        SWASAP is in Arkansas this year!  Please make plans to attend SWASAP in Little Rock November 11-14, 2018.  Let us show off our beautiful state and all we can offer!

As always if I can be of any assistance to your or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 870-612-2024 or

Have a great summer!

Ronda McLelland
AASAP President



2018 AASAP Board Members

The elected officers of this association shall be President, President-Elect, Treasurer, two (2) at large representatives to the SWASAP Board of Directors and two (2) at large representatives to the State Executive Committee.

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