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Upward Bound Program records

Identifier: 02.UBP


The Upward Bound Program records span from 1967-2013; materials are comprised primarily of program files; administrative files; grant awards and notifications; performance reports; applications for federal assistance; academic release forms; field trips; requisitions; proposals; account statements and records of transaction; student files, academic year expenditures, and publications. Materials were generated by the Upward Bound program founded in 1965 by the United States Department of Education; with program inception on the campus of Eastern Michigan University occurring in 1967.


  • Creation: 1967 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

ACADEMIC FILES, EXPENDITURES, and STUDENT FILES record groups contain student and organizational information and are closed per agreement with the creating offices of Upward Bound. Restricted access may be granted to Upward Bound personnel with additional permissions of the University Archivist.

Administrative History

Upward Bound is a federally funded educational program implemented and monitored by the United States Department of Education. Programs provide outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The program was developed out of the 1965 Higher Education Act; grants are awarded to institutes of higher learning, such as Eastern Michigan University (EMU); with the goal to provide high school students greater access to education beyond high school. Upward Bound programming began at EMU in 1967, and annually serves approximately 65-75 students from the Ypsilanti and Willow Run High Schools.

Upward Bound facilitates three major components for students; Academic, Summer Academy, and Summer Bridge Scholarship Program. The academic component in which educational, career, and personal assessments are conducted to assist in the development of an individual student support plan. Weekly sessions with tutors to provide assistance with homework; monthly group meetings to provide educational, cultural, and social enrichment; and college preparation services including academic advising; free SAT and ACT tests; fee waivers for up to three college applications; assistance with college and financial aid applications; and the college selection process including visits to differing college campuses.

In the Summer Academy, a required six-week component, students complete coursework in core subjects to strengthen their academic skills and abilities while still in high school. Courses are taught in small class sizes allowing for maximum teacher to student interaction. Students will receive high school credit upon successful completion of courses. Students also participate in paid internships designed to expose students to their chosen career field. Participation also occurs in a wide variety of academic, social, and cultural activities that introduce students to new experiences which enhance self-esteem while providing personal growth. Experiences are also generated through field trips to colleges and universities, and other places of interest; nonetheless students have the opportunity to experience college life while living on the campus of EMU.

The final component is the Summer Bridge Scholarship Program which is available to seniors who graduate, providing assistance with tuition, books, and room and board at EMU during the summer semester following high school graduation, helping to ease the transition between high school and college.

Upward Bound at EMU requires students in the program give an 8-10 year commitment when they begin 9th grade, and for over 40 years, EMU and Upward Bound have helped hundreds of students go to college and has a 100 percent college matriculation rate and at 75-80 percent college graduation rate.


67 Linear Feet (65 record center cartons; 4 archive boxes, 2 halfsize archive boxes.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Academic Files, Expenditures, Student Files, and Photographs of Upward Bound were originally transferred to the University Archives in January of 2012 with additional annual accruals being added to the collection. All other materials in the collection were acquired by the Archives from 1966-2006.

Accruals note

University Archives continues to add materials to the collection. To reflect additions, edits to the finding aid will occur at the end of each calendar year.

Upward Bound Program records
Leslie Van Veen
2012 February 9
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197