Project Upward Bound
Project Upward Bound (PUB) is a multi-faceted college preparatory enrichment program.
As a federally funded program PUB is accountable to Congress through the U.S. Department of Education and submits an Annual Performance Report that provide data on achieving objectives. Nationally, Upward Bound turns 50 years old in 2016. As of 2014, PUB has succeeded in reaching funding for 48 consecutive years.
Organizationally, PUB has always been located in and enjoyed the support of OU's Division of Student Affairs. Currently, it is OU's only TRiO Program and OU's longest continual community outreach effort.
Serving 120 participants per program year (June 1 – May 30), PUB’s mission is to provide academic, social, cultural, and career enrichment with a goal of participants entering and succeeding in higher education. To achieve this mission, PUB’s objectives focus on:
- Grade Point Average Improvement
- Math and English Proficiency on the Michigan Merit Exam
- Retention in and Graduation from PUB and High School
- Success in a Rigorous High School Curriculum
- Postsecondary Enrollment
- Postsecondary Completion
Perks of Membership
- Parents and participants may receive counseling services at Oakland University's counseling Practicuum Center at no charge.
- Participants receive a small stipend for participation - just a little pocket change to recognize their effort.
- Both participants and their parents are eligible to become members of the Oakland University Credit Union.
- ACT and College Admission Fee Waivers.
- Individualized assistance to find a good college fit and apply for college admission and complete the national financial aid application form (FAFSA).
- Possibility of summer jobs in PUB after completion of sophomore year in college.
- Access to technology that you may not have at home or at school.
PUB is notorious for the quality of its annual summer trips. The trip makes the best use of resources to combine educational, social, and cultural enrichment into an itinerary that is rewarding for participants who have worked hard all summer. And make no mistake – it is an earned privilege! To qualify, participants must meet rigorous academic and behavioral standards: maintain at least 80 social points, performed at the A/B honor roll level with no failing grades (out of 8 classes), improved from pre to post on the Iowa Test of Educational Development, not had any more than one day’s absence, and not have missed a field trip. While everyone doesn’t always qualify, everyone always has equal opportunity to qualify.
- Saturday Academies: All grade levels are involved in ACT enrichment until the MME/ACT is taken in 11th grade. Then juniors transition into College Seminar where they begin their concentrated focus on college selection and admission. All grade levels are also involved in Financial Literacy.
- Community Service - Participants are able to accumulate at least 10 hours per year so that before the end of senior year, they have fulfilled their 40 hour graduation requirement. (See Social Enrichment for specific projects.)
- College/Career Day has a different focus each year but always includes PUB alumni and other college students as well as a unique career-related experience.
- College Clubs: Participants receive study skills enrichment and tutoring from OU students as homework and class project assistance.
- PUB Clubs: The Project Advisor meets with participants once monthly in their schools to distribute stipend checks and implement a character development curriculum consistent with the Michigan Curriculum Framework.
- Student Success Planning: Initial SSP meetings are conducted by the Project Advisor with the participant and parent to establish long and short term goals that address needs identified in the admission assessment process. Follow-up SSP meetings are conducted twice annually thereafter to review and adjust goals and action plans.
- Leadership Development: Juniors and seniors who meet participation and academic prerequisites have opportunities to represent PUB at state, regional, and national student leadership conferences (see Career Enrichment).