Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 34.50
Liaison Susan Kaspari
Submission Date July 17, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Central Washington University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Kane Lemasters
Environmental Science
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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:

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:

Unlike student financial aid programs which help students to overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO​ Programs have been providing valuable support services to help students from low-income and working families successfully enter college and graduate for over 30 years.
Central Washington University (CWU) hosts three TRIO programs, the Student Support Services Program (SSS) and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, both located on Central’s main campus in Ellensburg as well as the Educational Opportunity Center in Yakima.

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

College Success Foundation College Bound Scholarship (Achievers)
Eligible students are offered a promise of financial aid for college in 7th and 8th grade if they graduate high school through The College Bound Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to increase educational opportunities for rural, low-income students. The scholarship translates into financial aid that covers tuition and provides a small book allowance.

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

The College Success Foundation (CSF) provides academic and financial support to attend college for eligible low-income and/or foster care students.The CSF has been a part of the Central Washington University's (CWU) Academic Achievement Programs since 2001. There are two CSF Programs at CWU, the Passport Navigator Program, and the College Bound Scholarship Program (Achievers).

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

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:

The Early Childhood Learning Center and Rainbow Center are designed to provide quality childcare services and an educational curriculum to serve the needs of young children ranging in age from one month to eight years old. The goal is to sustain and encourage curiosity and eagerness to learn in all young children enrolled, provide a theme-based learning curriculum where classes are "student-driven" rather than teacher-directed.

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

Non-Traditional Student Honor Society

The Alpha Sigma Lambda National Society was established in 1946 to honor superior scholarship and leadership in adult students. It is one of the largest chapter-based honor societies for full and part-time adult students. Alpha Sigma Lambda has chapters at over 250 universities throughout the United States and provides the opportunity to recognize the special achievements of adult students. Alpha Sigma Lambda acknowledges adult students who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of family, work, and community.

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:

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