We are three students at the University of Tennessee that recognize the outstanding work of the Educational Advancement Program. This program has made a huge impact on our lives and education. We have witnessed the positive effects that smaller classrooms, one-on-one time with teachers, and classroom interactions has done to impact student's education.

This team consists of three sophomore students at the University of Tennessee: Denisha Patrick, Taylor Genovese, and Brittany Hoppus. In hopes to learn more on public writing, we were all faced with the challenge of creating our own philanthropy campaign. The lists of organizations to represent were endless; however, we wanted to stay close to home and represent the educational advancement program. As you explore our website, we hope to help you understand why this organization deserves your support.

"Put yourself in their shoes."

"Imagine yourself with the brain of Einstein and a pocket full of pennies. You have so much potential, but no one wants to give you a chance. No one is handing you thousand of dollars to pursue an education. You are stuck on a college campus surrounded by thousand and you a simply a number."

This is the story of many students on college campuses across the nation. They have so much knowledge but they are missing that extra push to help them excel to greater heights. The Educational Advancement Program has set out to help first generation, low-income students, and disability students reach their full educational potential.

The Educational Advancement Program (EAP) is apart of a larger branch known as TRIO. Through this program, they have helped students achieve academic success at the University of Tennessee for over 40 years. EAP utilizes a Holistic Counseling Perspective Model concerned with the growth of every person’s intellectual and emotional potential.

"We're not here to make it easy, we're here to make it possible." - Dr. Ronald McFadden

The EAP actively engages students in the teaching/learning process and encourages personal and collective responsibility. They assist you in building a strong foundation for academic success through tutoring, academic advising, basic skills assessment, smaller academic courses, social networking and group activities.

The Educational Advancement Program provides several tools to further improve its students academic success. Of those many tools, we have focused on the advantages of being placed into a smaller classroom. The EAP allows students taking advanced college courses such as calculus and chemistry to have more one-on-one time with instructors. They replace larger lecture halls with classrooms of a 1:20 teacher to student ratio.

Why Should You Care?

Who Cares???

For over forty years the Education Advancement Program has placed its students in smaller classrooms in order to ensure that their students could learn with the least amount of distractions.

"Statistically, the benefits are much greater than the disadvantages."

Why Should We Believe You?

"One teacher to every 300 students."

We may not be experts but we have done our research. A research study was conducted by Dr. Susan M. Hunter Revell and Dr. Mary K. McCurry at the University of Massachusetts. They took two classes: nursing research and junior medical-surgical nursing; these courses where taught in two different classroom styles. "The research course was was held in a traditional, one-level classroom with movable tables and chairs, and the medical-surgical course was held in a large amphitheater-style classroom with fixed seating" (3).

"One teacher to every 20 students."

The Proof:

Not only did she prove that smaller classrooms were more effective, she found a solution for larger classrooms. They introduced the Personal Response System Technology (PRS) to both the smaller and larger classrooms. Students from both classrooms reported that they understood the material more when they were constantly asked questions using the PRS system throughout the lecture (Revell and McCurry 5).

Both the University of Tennessee and the Educational Advancement Program are very familiar with PRS. Although EAP utilizes smaller classroom sizes, they use the PRS system to get an update on how much the students have learned throughout the lecture.

"This is an image of one of the questions ask during an EAP course using the PRS system,"

In Addition

According to the California Class Size Reduction Program (CSRP),"...higher Academic Performance Index (API) growth schools cited class size reduction as one of the key factors that contributed to changes in teaching practices at their schools…spend more time with the “neediest, at-risk” students, differentiate instruction, and spend less time on classroom management issue.”

It is no secret that first-generation, low-income, and minority students are in need of educational support. The EAP uses smaller classrooms to ensure that the instructor has the opportunity to build relationships with students. Lecture halls can be intimidating when it comes to asking questions, thus allowing students to leave a classroom without the knowledge they need to pass the course. With smaller classrooms, it allows for a more intimate environment to ensure all students feel comfortable.

According to the many authors of the book, How Class Size Makes a Difference, "Small classes reduced the white-minority achievement gap. While all students significantly benefited from participation in small classes, the greatest advantages were found for minority, inner-city students from low socio-economic backgrounds (Word et al. 2).

"The benefit of small classes for minority students (most of whom were AfricanAmerican in this study) was about twice as large as that for white students (Finn, 1998). While students were in smaller classes, the average test scores increased by 7–10 percentile points for African-American students and 3–4 percentile points for white students" (Krueger & Whitmore, 2).

"I'm trying to be better than I was yesterday, before tomorrow comes."

According to Bernard Rodgers, EAP student, "EAP has made my college journey smooth. Dr. McFadden is like my second dad. He stays on me and makes sure I am pushed to my greatest potential. EAP in no way makes learning chemistry easy; however, they give us the resources we need that make it possible. This is not a place where A's are handed to you. They give you the tools you need and push you to earn the "A" you deserve" (Rodgers).


"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." -B.B. King
"The EAP currently maintains a 80% - 85% graduation rate amongst its students."

"A little will go a long way."

Special Thanks To...

Dr. Ronald McFadden and The EAP Family


Literature Review


Denisha Patrick and EAP UTK

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