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.


November 20, 2018

Hello all!

I was so happy to see so many AASAP members at SWASAP this year.  I hope you all enjoyed your time in Little Rock. As you may know, Carol Gilley, our SWASAP Representative was elected Treasurer of SWASAP at the recent conference. 

While we are sad to see her leave the board, I am so proud of her commitment to serving. Therefore, we are in need of a new SWASAP Representative.  The board would like to extend an invitation to the membership for anyone interested in serving out the reminder of Ms. Gilley’s term (1 year) to complete a nomination form (CLICK HERE) and submit it to me by November 30.

The SWASAP Representatives shall serve as liaison for the membership of this association and the SWASAP Board of Directors.  They shall represent the Association on matters coming before the board.  They shall also be responsible for attending ALL SWASAP board meetings and presenting a formal report to the Association (AASAP By-Laws).

The SWASAP Board Meeting dates are:
Winter Board Meeting                         February 5-6, 2019                 MCM Elegante, Dallas, TX
Spring Board Meeting                         May 1-2, 2019                         MCM Elegante, Dallas, TX

AASAP will cover the cost of food & travel to and from the SWASAP Board Meetings.  SWASAP will cover the cost of hotel. If you have any additional questions about this position, please feel free to contact me.

 Next on our agenda, AASAP ELI.  We will be having an AASAP ELI class this upcoming year.  I am attaching the application for the ELI program.  Please complete the form and return it no later than December 20, 2018.  We would love to have a full class this year.  If you are interested in serving in a leadership role, this class is a great start. More information is available on our AASAP ELI page.

 I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  As always, if there is anything that I can do to assist you please feel free to contact me.

Ronda McLelland

 September 6, 2018

Hello AASAP!

I hope that everyone is enjoying Back to School at your campuses.  I am so excited about fall and having students back on campus.  It is my favorite time of year.  Here are some updates that I wanted to share with you:

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 have dinner together.  I look forward to seeing you at this great conference next week!

Fall Conference: We just have a few short weeks until our annual conference.  Game of TRIO: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken is our theme this year and our conference committee has been working hard all summer to offer all our members a great conference.  Please register as soon as possible for this wonderful event of networking, sharing, and valuable information.  We will be in beautiful Hot Springs at the Hotel Hot Springs.  If you have had any trouble with reserving your rooms, please contact Billy Ray or the hotel directly at 501-623-6600.

Annual Membership:  Please make sure to complete your AASAP membership application at our website  Make sure to include your years of service so that we can recognize all your hard work over the years.

Committee Reports: If you have served as a committee chair this past year, please submit your committee reports to me at by September 20, 2018.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

SWASAP Collegiate Scholarship Competition: SWASAP has announced the collegiate scholarship competition today!  You should have received an email today!  If you did not receive the email, contact me and I will get you the information.

SWASAP’s Annual Conference: Remember SWASAP is at the Little Rock Marriott in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 11-14, 2018!  I would love see a great turn out of AASAP members.    There is a SSS grant writing Pre-conference workshop to assist with preparing for the SSS competition.  Just a reminder: in order to receive the discounted member rate for registration you need to have completed your membership renewal prior to October 1.

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

Thank you,

Ronda McLelland

AASAP President


















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.

2018 AASAP Board Members Contact Info (PDF)

2017 AASAP Board Members Contact Info (PDF)

AASAP Constitution & Bylaws

We, the members of this organization, do ordain this the constitution of the AASAP – Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs, as the constitution for the members of AASAP - Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs.

AASAP Constitution/Bylaws (PDF)

AASAP Policy & Procedures

The intent of this manual is to provide guidance, stability, and continuity to the Executive Committee of AASAP. This manual may be revised, modified, or changed upon the approval of a majority of the members of the Board.

AASAP Policies & Procedures (PDF)