Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.16
Liaison Kylee Singh
Submission Date Sept. 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California Polytechnic State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.84 / 4.00 Gerrie Hatten
Executive Director
Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
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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:

The Cal Poly Opportunity Grant
The Cal Poly Opportunity Fee will provide financial aid to low-income and first-generation California students, including first-year and transfer undergraduates from all six of Cal Poly’s colleges. The financial aid will cover all campus-based fees that are not currently covered by other financial aid programs (the estimated minimum amount of financial support for fall of 2019 is $3,400, and may be higher pending donor participation). The funds initially will be aimed at the lowest income bracket among prospective students but will be expanded to provide support to students from a broader range of lower-income levels.
The Education Opportunity Program (EOP) provides admissions and academic support service programs for low-income, historically disadvantaged students. Student Support Services is a federally-funded program that enhances academic success and increases retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation, and/or physically disabled college students by providing academic advising services and assistance. There are also various financial aid programs offered at Cal Poly that are funded and regulated through federal, state, and local agencies and through the university itself.
https://eop.calpoly.edu/

Cal Poly Scholars
The Cal Poly Scholars Program seeks to recruit and retain high-achieving, low-income students from California schools while providing support through financial, academic, and community resources. As a university-wide program, the Cal Poly Scholars program brings together a network of services including Student Academic Services, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Mustang Success Center, all six academic colleges, Career Services, University Housing, and other campus collaborators. Cal Poly Scholars receive a scholarship that is automatically renewed on an annual basis during a Scholars’ time as an undergraduate student. Scholarship renewal is dependent on academic standing/status, completion of program requirements and compliance with University conduct standards.Additionally, there is a one-time $900 technology  credit available for use during the first year enrolled at Cal Poly (beginning fall 2018 for incoming cohorts).
https://scholars.calpoly.edu/

Cal Poly CARES
Along this journey, many students are unable to afford expenses core to their ongoing success, including housing and meals, academic supplies and materials, personal care items, professional clothing and unplanned emergencies. Our Cal Poly Foundation Board members have come together to support these students in their highest areas of need and created the Cal Poly Foundation Fund for Students. This fund provides awards to students through the Cal Poly Cares Grant program and is administered by the Student Affairs Division in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office.
https://studentaffairs.calpoly.edu/priorities/care-program


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

"Teaching Inclusion and Diversity Everywhere" (TIDE)
Creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus is the responsibility of all campus community members, including faculty. This professional development opportunity is designed for Cal Poly educators who seek to incorporate inclusive teaching practices and infuse diversity principles into their teaching consistent with the campus’s Diversity Learning Objectives (DLOs). The program contributes to progress on two of Cal Poly’s university-wide diversity imperatives: (1) “enhance [the] campus climate” and (2) “exemplify inclusive excellence in Learn by Doing, scholarship, teaching, and learning.”Faculty participation in this program can help departments and colleges make progress on their diversity, equity and inclusion goals and contribute to a more inclusive campus community. This is the fourth year for this program, which launched in 2016 as a collaboration of the CTLT and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI).
https://ctlt.calpoly.edu/teaching-inclusion-and-diversity-everywhere-tide-summer-fall-2019

BEACoN is a program funded by the Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity to mentor diverse students across the Cal Poly Campus.
The BEACoN Mentor Network is composed of all the students and faculty that participate in the BEACoN mentor program. Participation in the program can involve multiple activities: attending mini workshops, attending lunchtime network connection meetings, or being in a mentor/BEACoN scholar (mentee) relationship. The profiles presented are the help faculty get to now other members of the network and to allow students to identify possible mentor.
https://beaconmentors.calpoly.edu/network

Cross Cultural Center Ally Trainings and Training Series
The CCC’s Training Series aims to create a more welcoming and more inclusive campus environment, to strengthen community, and to encourage networking among faculty, staff, and students toward the goal of supporting individuals and communities along diverse intersections of race, class, dis/ability, sexuality, gender identity and expression, documentation status, women empowerment, and first-generation college attendance. In each interactive training, participants have the opportunity to learn some useful terms, explore their experiences in relation to the topic, better understand issues experienced by these communities, and gain some useful tools in practicing inclusion as act for change.
Race and Ethnicity Allyship (3 hours)
Gender and Sexuality Allyship (2.5-3 hours)
Cross Cultural Centers 101 (35-50 minutes)
Coping with Microaggressions (1 hour)
Cultural Competency (2 hours)

https://diversity.calpoly.edu/trainings/


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

The first step for newly admitted students and their families begins at Orientation, where our Summer Orientation staff provide an introduction to Cal Poly and its world-renowned academic programs, extensive services, and rich traditions. New Student & Transition Programs offers several programs throughout the summer and academic year to support new students as they enter and transition into Cal Poly:
- Open House - a three-day event that celebrates Cal Poly and the achievements of students and families, faculty, alumni and the community
- SLO Days Sessions - for all incoming first year and transfer students
- Parent & Supporter Orientation at SLO Days - for the parents and family members of new students
- Week of Welcome - a Fall Quarter program for advising and enrollment support

Parent and Supporter Orientation at SLO Days provide extensive training for parents and families of low income students and information is also available at all the other orientation events throughout the year.

https://orientation.calpoly.edu/slodays


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

The Cal Poly Opportunity Grant
The Cal Poly Opportunity Fee will provide financial aid to low-income and first-generation California students, including first-year and transfer undergraduates from all six of Cal Poly’s colleges. The financial aid will cover all campus-based fees that are not currently covered by other financial aid programs (the estimated minimum amount of financial support for fall of 2019 is $3,400, and may be higher pending donor participation). The funds initially will be aimed at the lowest income bracket among prospective students but will be expanded to provide support to students from a broader range of lower-income levels.
The Education Opportunity Program (EOP) provides admissions and academic support service programs for low-income, historically disadvantaged students. Student Support Services is a federally-funded program that enhances academic success and increases retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation, and/or physically disabled college students by providing academic advising services and assistance. There are also various financial aid programs offered at Cal Poly that are funded and regulated through federal, state, and local agencies and through the university itself.
https://eop.calpoly.edu/

Cal Poly Scholars
The Cal Poly Scholars Program seeks to recruit and retain high-achieving, low-income students from California schools while providing support through financial, academic, and community resources. As a university-wide program, the Cal Poly Scholars program brings together a network of services including Student Academic Services, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Mustang Success Center, all six academic colleges, Career Services, University Housing, and other campus collaborators. Cal Poly Scholars receive a scholarship that is automatically renewed on an annual basis during a Scholars’ time as an undergraduate student. Scholarship renewal is dependent on academic standing/status, completion of program requirements and compliance with University conduct standards.Additionally, there is a one-time $900 technology  credit available for use during the first year enrolled at Cal Poly (beginning fall 2018 for incoming cohorts).
https://scholars.calpoly.edu/

Cal Poly CARES
Along this journey, many students are unable to afford expenses core to their ongoing success, including housing and meals, academic supplies and materials, personal care items, professional clothing and unplanned emergencies. Our Cal Poly Foundation Board members have come together to support these students in their highest areas of need and created the Cal Poly Foundation Fund for Students. This fund provides awards to students through the Cal Poly Cares Grant program and is administered by the Student Affairs Division in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office.
https://studentaffairs.calpoly.edu/priorities/care-program


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

The “Cal Poly Partner’s Program” is a recruitment and access feeder program designed to increase the number of first generation students admitted to the university. The schools participating in the program are part of the College Preparation Partnership Program introduced by Senator Hayden (SB 1697) in 1990. Cal Poly also coordinates in-service trainings with local community college counseling staff on the admission transfer processes to Cal Poly. Eight community colleges and approximately 80 counselors participate every year. Upward Bound (UB) provides fundamental support to local low-income, first-generation college bound high school students throughout the county and the state. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

http://diversity.calpoly.edu/wp-content/uploads/Oudi-diversity-and-inclusion_FINAL.pdf


A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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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:
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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 on-site Children's Center mission is to provide quality early care and education services to Cal Poly students, faculty and staff. The Children's Center is partially funded by student  fees, which are paid by Cal Poly students. Therefore, tuition paying student parents have first priority for enrollment and discounted tuition.


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

The Cal Poly Veterans Success Center provides multi-faceted assistance to prospective and enrolled student veterans and dependents. Most notably, the center assists students in accessing their GI benefits, completing the admission application process, and registering for courses. The center also helps students’ access campus resources, get involved in leadership activities, and transition into the civilian work world.


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):
16

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
76

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):
56.20

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):
36

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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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