The Center for Educational Partnerships at UC Irvine partners with local community colleges to increase community college transfer rates to four-year institutions through academic preparation strategies during the first and second semester of community college enrollment. .svg
The following programs and initiatives highlight the success of the partnership:
American Indian Resource Program (AIRP)

The American Indian Resource Program (AIRP) in the Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP) at UC Irvine leverages an array of institutional services to provide flexible support strategies for Tribal students, parents, and communities. The mission of the AIRP at UCI is to assist American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous stakeholders by identifying, developing, coordinating, and implementing opportunities and experiences that contribute to students successful completion of degree programs in preparation for leadership roles in their chosen professions.

Program Director:

Joe Graham, Ph.D


California State Summer School for Math & Science (COSMOS)

The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) provides intensive learning and discovery in a four-week high school residential program on the UCI campus taught by UCI faculty and their colleagues in California higher education. The mission is to motivate and encourage talented students in math and science to explore STEM topics and support college and career goals in STEM.

Each summer, eight different subject areas are offered to a selective and competitive pool of applicants, including out of state students. Prospective students must apply online and meet eligibility requirements, including strong grades in math and science courses, two recommendations from science/math teachers, official transcripts, well-developed essays focused on interest in math and science, and cluster choice.

Program Director :

 Elizabeth Crook, Ph.D


Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)

As the University of California’s largest academic preparation program, EAOP helps students in underserved schools prepare for college and the work force by completing all UC and California State University admissions requirement, and apply for college and financial aid. Through a series of collaborative strategies that include Academic Enrichment Programs, Academic Advising, Test Preparation, and Parent Engagement; EAOP is position to develop the next generation of university scholars.

Program Director:

Ashley Cheri


Gifted Students Network: Gifted Students Academy

The mission of the American Creativity Association award-winning Gifted Students Academy is to provide gifted students in grades 1-10 with an opportunity to experience a university setting by engaging them in a program designed to meet the unique academic needs of the gifted.

The Gifted Students Academy supports gifted students with an atmosphere that promotes intellectual challenges, creativity and reflective thinking. By exposing students to career paths and related courses of study, it helps foster the opportunity to learn and live with similarly gifted students in a safe, supportive environment on the UCI campus. The academy provides a well-balanced educational program that promotes self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning.

Program Director :

 Darlene Boyd, Ed.D


Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides opportunities for students to succeed in their precollege performance and pursuit of higher education. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and/or students who will be the first in their family to go to college. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Upward Bound provides academic advising, after-school tutoring & mentoring, monthly Saturday sessions, college visits, and a summer residential program. The UC Irvine Upward Bound program works with students from Anaheim High School, Katella High School, and Loara High School in the Anaheim Union High School District.

Program Director:

 Kimberly Balderrama