Student Support Services


TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program designed to provide a variety of free services to help students complete an Associate’s degree. These students are in need of academic support and meet at least one, if not more, of the following criteria: 1) low income, 2) first generation, and/or 3) have a documented disability to qualify for the SSS program.  SSS provides ongoing support throughout a student’s university career by providing opportunities for students to grow personally, socially and academically.  Students accepted into the SSS program must have completed no more than 40 college level credits.

Our Vision

The Student Support Services program will teach student participants’ self-direction, resourcefulness and resiliency through one-on-one advising focused on academic skills development and personal enrichment. Our student participants will become (skilled) successful students and college graduates (prepared to become self-actualizing)professionals, and global citizens who lead through best practices and lifelong learning.

Our Mission

Student Support Services seeks to support disadvantaged students who have potential to meet the challenges of higher education by strengthening and developing their academic and self-management skills. Its focus is to insure that participants in the program have a realistic chance to persist in school and graduate from Dixie State University with an Associates degree. To accomplish these objectives Student Support Services provides services to enhance students’ academic success, personal skills, and social skills. Providing services in these areas corresponds to the University’s mission to foster lifelong learning.  To implement the program’s aims as outlined in its mission statement, the Dixie State University Student Support Services program focuses on five major goals:

  • Recruit eligible students who meet federal low income, disability, and/or first generation guidelines.
  • Increase the retention of disadvantaged students in the University.
  • Increase the academic success of eligible students by increasing their GPA.
  • Increase the number and percent of disadvantaged students who graduate from the University.
  • Increase the number and percent of disadvantaged students who pursue graduate or professional schooling.

Read about our Performance Objectives here (pdf)