Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.68
Liaison Franklin Lebo
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2019
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Baldwin Wallace University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

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Complete 2.24 / 4.00 Franklin Lebo
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

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

Baldwin Wallace University continues to earn high marks for affordable excellence in rankings designed to help families find the right college fit. The latest publication to highlight BW’s distinctive blend of superior academics, affordability and outcomes for graduates is Kiplinger's "300 Best College Values for 2016," which features schools that meet specific quality and cost measures.

The editors note that all of the schools in Kiplinger’s rankings “offer generous need-based financial aid—often reducing the average price to about half of the published sticker price. Many also offer non-need-based aid (sometimes called merit aid), further reducing costs.”

A number of other additional college guides have applauded BW for affordability and educational quality.

Washington Monthly’s “America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges” says its rankings reward colleges that “perform well on access, affordability, and completion metrics."

Educate To Career, Inc. (ETC) College Rankings Index places BW as number one in Ohio and 58th among nearly 1,200 colleges nationwide on a list recognizing college value and return on investment as viewed through the lens of earnings and employability for graduates.

Best Value Schools' "30 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Ohio" calls its list “a premier selection of universities to help get you started on your search for an education in Ohio.”

College Factual finds that BW’s “quality of education, combined with its overall low net price, delivers students a good value for the money when compared to other colleges and universities nationwide… placing [BW] in the top 20% overall.”

Great Value Colleges "50 Great Affordable Colleges for Art and Music" notes "The below-average private school tuition makes BW a great deal for an excellent education at an affordable price."
A number of the college selection sites also give BW high marks for the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, noting that students who take longer than four years to finish college pay more in tuition and lost career earnings.

Meanwhile, BW also earns high marks for the counseling it provides students and families as they explore and prepare to execute a sound financial plan for college.

One key for families considering federal student loans to finance a portion of tuition is the ability of the university to produce employment outcomes for graduates that support repayment. BW’s low 3.3% three-year federal loan default rate speaks to that question.

College financial firm, TG, in consultation with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), conducted a study on the effectiveness of federal student loan counseling at colleges and universities. The resulting report, Above and Beyond: What Eight Colleges are Doing to Improve Student Loan Counseling, highlights innovative programs by a small number of institutions, including BW, that have proven to be especially successful.

BW’s financial literacy education focuses on small, in-person sessions, course integration and outreach events that take place from a student’s entrance all the way through graduation.

“When done intently, [student loan counseling] can produce a potentially clarifying and empowering experience,” TG notes in its executive summary. “The schools highlighted in this report have chosen to make extra efforts to make loan counseling more meaningful and effective.

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
The BW Learning Center engages and empowers undergraduate students to become active, independent learners. The Learning Center provides innovative, diverse support programs, services and resources designed to encourage unique student development and to promote academic excellence. (https://www.bw.edu/academics/student-success/learning-center/)

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
Heritage $3,500. Awarded to admitted underrepresented, underserved students who will enrich BW's cultural diversity. (https://www.bw.edu/financial-aid/first-year/)

The Richard Bement ‘64 Scholarship
To honor the memory of her late cousin, Richard Bement ’64, a secondary science teacher in the Strongsville Public Schools, and his mother, Donna Bement ’31, Jane Delcamp ’67 established this scholarship to support BW students with demonstrated financial need.

The Ward and Miriam Jones Scholarship
Established by Ward ’55 and Miriam ’56 Jones, both proud BW alumni, this scholarship supports students majoring in engineering and natural sciences with demonstrated financial need.

The Martin Family Scholarship Endowment
Established by BW Trustee Reverend David Martin and his wife Jeanne, this scholarship supports BW students with demonstrated financial need.

The Walter H. Meixner Scholarship
To honor his adoptive father’s passion for the BW Bach Festival, Dennis Taylor established this scholarship supporting BW Conservatory students with financial need.

The Vincent K. Petrella Scholarship
Established by BW Trustee Vince Petrella ‘82, this scholarship supports business majors with financial need.

The Dorothy Potosnak Sotak Vocal Scholarship
Established by Eileen Sotak ‘97 and William Kessler to honor the memory of Eileen’s mother Dorothy and her love of music, this scholarship supports vocal music majors from Cuyahoga County who demonstrate talent, promise as artists and financial need.

The Robert V. Zito ‘49 Scholarship
The Robert V. Zito ’49 Scholarship was established through an estate gift and memorial gifts from family and friends after Bob passed away in early 2017. The scholarship supports students with financial need from Cuyahoga or Lake County, Ohio.

For more information about BW's scholarships, please visit: https://www.bw.edu/giving/endowment/

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
1. The TRIO Upward Bound program is a college preparatory program for high school students from low-income households who have the potential to be first-generation college students. In existence at Baldwin Wallace since 1968, Upward Bound gives participants the tools they need to achieve their highest potential. As a TRIO program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, all services are free to participants.


2. Baldwin Wallace Honors Program - Minds Matter Summer Program

Minds Matter of Cleveland, a 100 percent volunteer-run nonprofit organization, is forging a new partnership with Baldwin Wallace University to provide a shared, immersive summer experience for enrolled students following their sophomore year of high school.

Minds Matter of Cleveland provides intensive academic programming, ACT test preparation, college admissions counseling and mentoring services to high-performing high school students from low-income backgrounds on the path to college enrollment.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
The institution goes above and beyond to provide financial assistance to students from low-income backgrounds. Please visit https://www.bw.edu/financial-aid/first-year/ for more information including figures and tables detailing the percentages of students receiving financial aid awards in variuos categories based upon family income.

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

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

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:

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

If a student has earned an associates degree from any regionally accredited college or university, the A2BW program (associate to bachelors) recognizes all the credit the student earned in seeking the associate degree and sets the student on a direct path to completing the bachelors degree.

A2BW Pathways are curriculum guides that have been approved by both BW and Tri-C to show applicants how courses in various Tri-C associate degree programs can maximize degree requirements at BW in a variety of different majors.

Qualifying associate degrees must be earned from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States in one of these degree areas:

BW's Office of Adult, Transfer, and Military Services provides significant assistance to students from non-traditional backgrounds. For instance, BW provides an Associates to Bachelor's degree program (A2BW) designed specifically to ease the transition process for students. More infomation is avaiable able: https://www.bw.edu/undergraduate-admission/adult/a2bw/.

Associate of Arts
Associate of Science
Associate of Applied Business
Associate of Applied Science
Associate degrees affiliated with an apprenticeship program do not qualify for the A2BW program.

Baldwin Wallace University offers more than 50 majors and minors leading to B.A., B.S., B.S.Ed. and B.M. degrees. Some BW programs may require that A2BW students complete additional requirements beyond the minimum 62 credits (for example, athletic training, exercise science, conservatory of music majors, education majors, and other majors that may lead to professional certification or licensure).

A maximum of 62 credits transfer to BW from two year colleges for an associate degree. A2B students work with a BW academic advisor to plan their remaining coursework toward graduation.

If an A2B student has earned an associate degree while still in high school as a College Credit Plus/dual enrollment student, the student will receive credit for college classes as determined by the A2BW program, but you will enroll at BW as a first-year student and will be required to take FYE-100 (first-year experience). CCP/dual enrollment students must have earned a cumulative 2.5 GPA in their college coursework to qualify for A2BW.

All course equivalencies in the associate degree program will transfer to BW toward major, minor and core requirements.

Using the Ohio Transfer Module as a guide, A2BW students must have a minimum 24 transferable credits from these disciplines: English, mathematics, arts/humanities, social and behavioral sciences and natural sciences. If your associate degree does not include 24 credits from these areas, a BW academic advisor will help plan whether it's best to complete the remaining credits at Baldwin Wallace or before transferring.

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

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

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

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):

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):

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):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Total number of students in the entering 2016-2017 class: 705
Total number of Pell Grant recipients in the entering class: 261

For more information, please visit: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201195#finaid

Total number of students in the entering 2016-2017 class: 705
Total number of Pell Grant recipients in the entering class: 261

For more information, please visit: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=201195#finaid

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