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Thank you for visiting the UCSB OEP website! Here you will find information about the educational outreach programs and initiatives that UCSB supports in schools and communities across Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Kern counties.

The Office of Education Partnerships works to increase the college-going rates of low-income students and those who will be the first in their families to pursue higher education.

The Office of Education Partnerships (OEP) has a mission of increasing college-going rates for students who are primarily low-income and/or will be the first in their families to pursue higher education.


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The Office of Education Partnerships has active roles in

  • designing, implementing and evaluating programs that increase college-going rates among historically underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income K-12 students, in our region;
  • promoting coordination and collaboration across the campus' academic preparation and outreach programs by providing staff time, evaluation support, and funding for affiliated efforts; and
  • contributing to regional efforts to improve P-20 service coordination across many communities with affiliated university departments, schools, and other partners.

Our Regional Impact

UCSB’s Office of Education Partnerships serves significant numbers of low-income and/or first generation students, as well as students from groups historically underrepresented in colleges and universities. UCSB meets targeted students' needs through partnerships with schools and community colleges throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern Counties.