UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program (AAP) is a premier student academic enrichment program open to students of all races, ethnicities, and social backgrounds whose entering academic profiles indicate that they would most benefit from AAP’s innovative services. A significant number of AAP students come from low-income families, are the first in their family to go to college, are immigrants, and are from underrepresented minority communities. All AAP students enter UCLA as high achievers who have demonstrated their potential to excel at, and graduate from, UCLA.
The AAP Senate Review provides an opportunity for AAP staff and students to re-examine its mission, programs, and academic purpose within historical context as well as to mark a significant transformation. Since 2005, AAP has recalibrated its philosophy, pedagogy, and methodology. No longer a program rooted in remediation and mired at the margins of UCLA life, AAP is today a national and international model for recruiting, retaining and graduating first-generation college, low-income, and historically underrepresented students.