Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.55
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Clarkson University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.12 / 4.00 Susan Powers
Assoc. Dir. Sustainability
ISE
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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:

Scholarships for low income students : general funds and scholarships through financial aid office - some of which are need based.

The Clarkson University New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), is funded jointly by the University and a HEOP grant through the New York State Education Department.  Clarkson HEOP offers college access and a comprehensive academic support system to assist in student academic success.  Programming provides a broad range of services to students who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary educational institution. Clarkson HEOP students have access to a significant student-centered support system, including the Summer PRE-freshman Experience (SPREE), and academic-year guidance and support.


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

Faculty who mentor students in the above program are allocated research supply funds for each student they mentor.


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

Clarkson HEOP students have access to a significant student-centered support system, including the Summer PRE-freshman Experience (SPREE), and academic-year guidance and support.
Horizons is intended to help young women (middle and high school) embrace the excitement of mathematics and to better understand its everyday use. The Horizons curriculum uses an integrated instructional module for mathematics, science and engineering concepts and supports these through fun and challenging hands-on projects. The life skills component further enhances the instruction as participants build confidence, personal insight, leadership and team spirit in an emotionally scaffolded learning environment. At Horizons, participants are taught by a predominantly female staff composed of teachers and other professionals. Our young guests are also accompanied and mentored by program assistants who are usually undergraduate college females who excel in relevant disciplines. Group sizes are small so each participant has the opportunity to form a lasting relationship with staff and peers.

Summer pre-frosh prep programs are available to students who need help with math and study skills. These students are identified based on a math pre-matriculation assessment tool and CSTEP and HEOP programs.


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

general funds and scholarships through financial aid office - some of which are need based.
Federal grants: PELL ,SEOG, NYS-TAP-ASPIRE


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

Partnership between CTEP and STEP to help students in HS program transition into collegiate TEP programs;
one of admissions recruiters works specifically for HEOP candidates
dedicated admissions officer in NYC area works with many low-income high schools


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

Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program (CSTEP): Increases the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers in STEM or licensed professions. Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars): Increases the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students entering graduate school and obtaining their PhD. Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP): Increases the number of students completing STEM baccalaureate degree programs and increases the number of students matriculating into graduate programs.


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:

Partnership with the Veteran's Affairs office through the Yellow Ribbon program particularly targets veterans returning from service.https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon/2018/states/ny.asp#
Part-time graduate students are considered for partial tuition waivers (10-30%)


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:

None


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

*Clarkson University has been named a Military Friendly School. This puts Clarkson in the top 15% of America’s colleges, universities and trade/vocational schools that offer the best support, flexibility and value for active duty military and veterans pursuing an education. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition and fees expenses. Clarkson’s Yellow Ribbon will match the VA Yellow Ribbon amount. Veterans have their own study lounge on campus.
* Clarkson University also welcomes international students & scholars from all over the world. The International Center informs and educates the international population as well as the University community of immigration regulations that govern international students, scholars and the University. Clarkson enables international students and scholars can learn more about practical training, visas, status requirements, work regulations, and other information needed for living in the United States.
* The staff of Student Success, Diversity & Inclusion (SS, D&I) provide a number of programs and services designed to help all students reach their academic and professional goals. We are focused on creating a one-stop shopping experience for the tools students need and the academic experience that prepares students to excel at Clarkson and in the increasingly diverse working environment of the 21st century. The SS, D&I is committed to recruiting a diverse campus community and providing academic support for all students on campus.


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):
28.70

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
73.70

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):
90

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):
19.20

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):
5

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