Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.26
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Channel Islands
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 4.00 Leah Alarcon
Dir. of Student Success Programs
Student Affairs
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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 any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

The goal of CI’s Student Support Services (SSS) program is to increase retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation college students by providing academic, financial and guidance assistance. It serves to ease the transition from high school and/or community college to a successful school experience at a 4-year univeristy. CI meets the stringent program requirements which mandate that 67% of its students meet the eligibility criteria for TRIO programs. CI also hosts the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a program that provides college access to students whose educational and economic circumstances have limited their college opportunities. EOP serves incoming freshman from historically underserved backgrounds teaching tools that will help them succeed and graduate.

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

College for a Day: Imagine, Believe, Achieve provides staff and faculty the opportunity to serve 3-8 grade migrant students and their families through a five-hour program held once an academic year. Training is provided for staff participants, and faculty meet to discuss and create the curriculum for the parent component. While this is not a program directed at preparing staff and faculty to work with low-income students, through participation staff and faculty are exposed to and provide services to K-8 grade students from low-income backgrounds.

A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

University Outreach has made a commitment to motivating and informing K-8 grade students about the steps to get in to college since 2004. We are committed to serving our local service area and can provide data by area and numbers served over the last two and a half years. That being said, we believe all of the programs that we currently provide prepare K-8 students from low-income backgrounds for higher education – be it through a simple campus visit, or a 5-hour intentional program facilitated by CI student volunteers. Please see the list below:

1. Pathway to College Campus Visit Program – field trip to CI
2. Self-Guided Campus Tour – field trip to CI
3. CI Rep Visit Program – classroom visit
4. COMM-Unity 101 School Site Visit Program – classroom visit
5. College for a Day: Imagine, Believe, Achieve - event
6. Super Sunday – event

A comprehensive outline of each of these programs is provided on the University Outreach website at www.csuci.edu/universityoutreach.

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

The CSU/Edison Scholars Program has been established by a partner between five California State University campuses and Edison International. The purpose of this scholarship is to increase the number of low income and first generation transfer students earning degrees in technical fields. These funds will provide scholarships to community college students who transfer to one of five CSU institutions. Information is available at http://www.csuci.edu/financialaid/scholarships.htm.

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

While we do not provide an educational program for parents of low-income college students, we do provide a program for parents of K-12 grade students to inform them of how to support their student through their current education while instilling a message about the importance of post-secondary education. This program is called Parent Institute for Quality Education, PIQE, and each calendar year CI serves 5 local schools. PIQE is a nonprofit organization contracted through the Chancellor’s Office. Information is available at www.piqe.org.

A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Currently, we do not have an established practice for recruiting schools to participate in our various events. We operate on a first-come, first-served basis with the exception of College for a Day: Imagine, Believe, Achieve which is a Ventura County-wide application process and Super Sunday, which the Chancellor’s Office dictates which churches we attend in our services area. Most of the schools we serve annually have the majority of their students on free or reduced cost lunch programs.

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

Requirements for admission to CSU Channel Islands (CI) are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. http://catalog.csuci.edu/content.php?catoid=12&navoid=752 -- From the 2014-2015 CSU Channel Islands catalog. EOP is also alloted a small number of Admission Exception Allocations that may be used to admit EOP students that may not have met all admissions requirements. These are used on a case by case basis and no more than the alloted number may be used.

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

Financial Aid programs available at CI include: Federal Pell Grant, ACG, SMART, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, State University Grant, Cal Grant and Institutional Scholarships. Information regarding Financial Aid programs can be found at http://www.csuci.edu/financialaid/05_01_Types_of_Aid_Main.htm EOP students that complete a required Summer Bridge experience are eligible to receive an EOP grant. The amount varies each year based the grant amount and number of students served.

A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

Information on CI Administrative Policies is available at http://policy.csuci.edu/.

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

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

The OSHER Scholarship Endowment for California Community College Transfer Students - Awarded to students transferring or having transferred from a CA Community College with at least 60 semester or 90 quarter units entering CI at the Junior level or above. Must demonstrate financial need. Preference given to newly admitted students to CI.

More information could be found at:

A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

Currently, we do not have any established facilities on campus for students. Through Project Vista, a federal grant, CI was able to conduct a needs assessment of students and staff who are in need of on campus- childcare and dependant adult or elder care.

For more information, please visit:

A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Non-traditional students are supported by various programs and departments on campus. Non-traditional students must be enrolled in the TRiO Student Support Services Program, Veteran Affairs Program, or Disability Resource program where they receive academic support to help guide them with their transition to a 4-year university through one-on-one appointments, workshops, and priority registration. The Graduate Studies Center is available to provide students with a welcoming and comfortable space that houses a student lounge, snacks & coffee, and study space. Children of CI is a student run organization on campus designed to provide child care support for CI students with dependents.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 47.90
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 31.90
The percentage of student financial need met, on average ---
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt ---

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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