Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.66
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 23, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Auburn University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.91 / 4.00 Timothy Fair
Chief of Staff
Office of Inclusion & Diversity
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS) Program – The PLUS program was instituted to increase diversity among the undergraduate student population at Auburn University, with an emphasis on students from underserved populations. The program assists seventy students per year financially by providing a $2,000 scholarship per academic year renewable up to four years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure that they are successful at Auburn University. Retention activities include peer mentoring, workshops on time management and study skills, tutoring and counseling services, leadership opportunities, and enrolling new students in freshman level core classes together. https://cws.auburn.edu/diversity/Files/PLUS%20prog%202012-13%20proof%20rev.pdf


A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

The university does not have a specific program to train faculty and staff in this manner.


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) Program – SEE is an intensive four-week residential summer program for over 30 underserved students. The program is staffed by Mathematics and English faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors, and academic advisors. Students take two classes designed to prepare them for freshman-level coursework and participate in parallel workshops supplementing the classroom instruction. The aims of the program are to increase enrollment for underserved populations, increase students’ mathematics and English skills, expose students earlier to various fields, develop study and time management skills, and introduce students to a network of faculty, staff, and fellow minority students. http://diversity.auburn.edu/student-excellence-programs/


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

Provost Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship (PLUS) Program – The PLUS program was instituted to increase diversity among the undergraduate student population at Auburn University, with an emphasis on students from underserved populations. The program assists seventy students per year financially by providing a $2,000 scholarship per academic year renewable up to four years, and supports them academically and socially to ensure that they are successful at Auburn University. Retention activities include peer mentoring, workshops on time management and study skills, tutoring and counseling services, leadership opportunities, and enrolling new students in freshman level core classes together. https://cws.auburn.edu/diversity/Files/PLUS%20prog%202012-13%20proof%20rev.pdf

The Ever to Conquer Scholarship was established in 2015 as an effort to increase the diversity of Auburn University’s student population. The scholarships are in the amount of $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year) for incoming freshmen or $10,000 over two years ($5,000 per year) for incoming transfer students. Incoming freshmen must have a minimum 22 ACT or 1040 SAT score and a minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Transfer students must have a minimum of 30 transfer hours and a minimum 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA. Priority consideration is given to students who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant. Ever to Conquer recipients participate in all activities of the PLUS Retention Program.

Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per year, renewable for four years, are also available to incoming first generation students. These scholarship recipients also participate in all activities of the PLUS Retention Program.


A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Minority Recruiting – The Auburn University Office of Admissions works with the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) to focus on minority recruiting. An ODMA Admissions Advisor/Coordinator of Recruitment Services works to establish pre-college programs targeted at attracting a diverse student population from predominantly African American, Hispanic American, and economically-disadvantaged communities, and serves as a recruitment territorial manager. Other minority recruitment activities include Auburn University Minority Preview Day, counselor workshops and visitation days, receptions honoring high-achieving minority students, financial aid workshops for students and parents, college fairs, and visits to predominantly minority high schools. http://www.auburn.edu/admissions/preview/


A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

N/A


Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

None


A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

The Auburn University Early Learning Center (AUELC) is a nationally-accredited laboratory preschool located in the heart of Auburn University’s campus that is available to any child in the community. The AUELC offers classes for children ages three, four, and five. Children “learn by doing” and are guided by a curriculum designed to capitalize upon knowledge of how young children learn. The facility also maintains a research mission and is designed to maximize opportunities to conduct developmental research on children and their families.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Veterans Resource Center helps students make the transition from military life to civilian life at AU. The center provides students with the resources that they need in order to succeed at Auburn. The center serves students who have completed their service, interrupted their education to serve and are returning, or those who began their studies elsewhere and have transferred to Auburn.

The Successfully Orienting Students (SOS) Program is Auburn’s orientation program specifically designed for transfer students. SOS emphasizes campus life and services, meetings with academic advisors, and small group discussions on college life led by Auburn student leaders.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
Yes

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
14

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
65

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):
52

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):
60

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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