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In November 1967, in the aftermath of the previous summer's riots in Newark, New  Jersey’s newly-appointed Chancellor of Higher Education,   Ralph A. Dungan, directed a memorandum to the presidents of all of the state’s institutions of higher education.  In it he outlined a proposed program of special assistance to young men and women from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.  The presidents’ response was immediate, widespread, and overwhelmingly favorable.  Enthusiasm was particularly marked at those institutions that were participating in the federally supported Upward Bound Program, which sought to help high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare entry into college.  The following February, the Select Commission on Civil Disorders (the Lilly Commission, established in response to the events in Newark) made its report to Governor Richard Hughes, who subsequently submitted his Moral Recommitment message to the New Jersey State Legislature.  The message called for the establishment of a broad range of programs to address the basic conditions the Commission had cited as contributing to the summer’s unrest.  Among those programs was the Educational Opportunity Fund, established by legislation sponsored by then freshman legislator Thomas Kean.  EOF set the pace for many initiatives which today are widely incorporated into college life.  Among the many powerful strategies implemented by EOF are pre college articulation, basic skills testing and remediation, systematic retention efforts, peer counseling and peer tutoring, academic support courses, multicultural curricula and human relations amming, student leadership development, and outcomes-based program evaluation.  EOF has also been a leader and a linchpin in the higher education system’s effort to increase diversity.  While participation is not limited to minority students, EOF sponsors more than one-third of the African American and Latino students at the state colleges and New Jersey’s independent institutions, and over one-quarter of the African American and Latino students enrolled at New Jersey colleges and universities participate in the EOF program.  EOF enrolls about 12.5 % of the first-time, full-time New Jersey freshmen who enter the state’s colleges and universities each fall.  In partnership with The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and its institutions of higher education, The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association, Inc. works to provide the professionals, who are responsible for the delivery of services on our college and university campuses, with support and guidance to ensure the quality of service continues to respond to the needs of out students and remains forward looking.  Along with the Board of Directors of the Educational Opportunity Fund, NJEOFPA also serves as an advocate for its students and staff.  The year of 1999 marked the Thirty Year Anniversary of the establishment of NJEOFPA, which initially began as an organization that comprised only campus EOF directors.  Today,  everyone who works in an EOF program is a member.  From humble beginnings, NJEOFPA has emerged as a strong leader in the tri-state region on issues affecting the quality of education provided to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  To ensure that their needs are responded to, NJEOFPA also maintains strong ties with community stake holders and secondary institutions. 
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