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Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program 

HISTORY OF HEOP

The roots of the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) were first established in 1964 with a pilot program called College Discovery that provided increased access to New York City’s community colleges. Expanding on this, SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) was soon created in 1966 and included all four year colleges of The City University of New York (CUNY).During his first term in 1967, Assemblymember Arthur O. Eve, along with Percy Sutton, spearheaded an effort that secured the initial funding to establish the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) within the SUNY (State University of New York) system.


Modeled on earlier programs including SEEK and College Discovery, the first unit of this program was established at the State University College in Buffalo, New York. In 1969, legislation establishing the HEOP program for independent colleges and universities in New York State was passed and during the 1970-71 academic year, formal provision had been made for SEEK in the CUNY system, EOP in the SUNY system, and HEOP in the independent colleges and universities of New York, and provided for their statewide coordination.

HEOP programs around the state were proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of providing opportunity, access, and support for underserved populations in 2019, and today serve students at over 50 institutions from Long Island to Buffalo.

During his first term in 1967, Assemblymember Arthur O. Eve, along with Percy Sutton, spearheaded an effort that secured the initial funding to establish the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) within the SUNY (State University of New York) system.

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