Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.45
Liaison Monika Kamboures
Submission Date May 4, 2011
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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Meaghan Smith
Manager, Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

Upward Bound: Cal Poly Pomona has the distinction of having four Upward Bound Programs, two traditional and two math/science, serving a total of five local high schools.
Upward Bound provides opportunities for participants to succeed in high school and enter college. Upward Bound serves low-income, first generation high school students. The goal of Upward Bound is to help these students complete high school and enroll in and graduate from college.

McNair Scholars: The McNair Scholars program is a federally funded TRIO program that helps prepare students for doctoral study and careers in college teaching through a research internship. The program is named for Ronald McNair, one of the first African-American astronauts and is designed to increase the number of low-income, first-generation students, or underrepresented students in doctoral degree programs.

Achievement, Retention, and Commitment to Higher Education Success: ARCHES provides a variety of support services that help facilitate the retention and graduation of Cal Poly Pomona's students with disabilities.

College Reading Skills Program: The goal of the CRSP is to provide academic and personal support of eligible Cal Poly Pomona students so they may persist at the University and graduate in a timely manner. CRSP services offer students opportunities in improving reading and study skills, developing professional skills, and enhancing personal growth. The program's main service is providing free reading tutorials where students can come in once or twice a week for 50 minute sessions.

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

Financial Aid: Provides access to higher education for a diverse student population regardless of financial circumstances. Based on a student-centered philosophy, the staff strives to guide and assist students in fulfilling their academic aspirations through quality outreach and the effective and efficient delivery of aid. Includes grants, loans, scholarships, and Federal Work Study.

A brief description of the institution’s 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 prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) emerged from the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s as a response to the call for access and equity in higher education. As a result of this hard fought, student-led campaign, there is an EOP at every California State University campus today to provide support services for its students. At Cal Poly Pomona, EOP continues to operate today as the University's first and most comprehensive post secondary access and equity program. Established in 1969, the program serves low-income California residents who demonstrate the motivation and potential to succeed in college.

ACCESS- Although 95 percent of EOP students entering Cal Poly Pomona meet the University's regular admission requirements, the program offers access to a limited number of first-time freshmen who do not qualify for regular admission.

EQUITY- EOP promotes equity ("leveling the playing field") by providing participants with a broad range of support services throughout their undergraduate enrollment, as long as they maintain full-time status, make satisfactory academic progress, and fulfill program requirements

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

Cal Poly Pomona General Scholarships are generally awarded to entering and/or continuing students on the basis of academic merit, leadership, talent and community service. Financial need is a criterion for some but not all scholarships. All academic majors are considered. General scholarships require a minimum GPA of 3.0 and full-time enrollment.


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

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

The Upward Bound program at Cal Poly Pomona is designed to assist low income and potential first-generation college students to become 1. more knowledgable of the educational, social and cultural opportunities available at postsecondary institutions 2. acquaint participants with the range of career opportunities available to them 3. assist students in developing and implementing effective study skills 4. assist students in successfully gaining admittance and being retained at postsecondary institutions. All services and activities are offered and provided at no cost to participants or their families.

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:
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