Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date June 13, 2011
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Dickinson College
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Melissa Keebler
Assistant Chief of Staff
Office of the President
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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:
TRIO: Although Dickinson does not have its own TRIO program/grant funding, we do work with TRIO to expose students to the liberal arts and answer their questions around affordability and access.

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:
The Posse Foundation was established in 1989 and sends students to selective colleges and universities in cohorts of 10-12 . The concept grew out of one student’s reflection that she never would have dropped out of college had she had her posse with her. Today, Dickinson enjoys a 10 year relationship with the Posse Foundation. We have selected 11 New York posses and 7 Los Angeles posses. Although the recruitment of these students becomes a driver of critical mass, the value of this program to the community goes far beyond sheer numbers. With 87 posse scholars currently on campus, both the first to second year retention rate as well as the graduation rate remain well above the national average at 96% and 87% respectively (** as of 2009).

A brief description of the institution’s programs to equip the institution's faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
Diversity training is required for all staff and faculty.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
Prep for Prep: Enrolled: 0, Accepted, but not enrolled: 12
Prep for Prep works with low-income, strong middle school students and help them gain admission into prep schools in New York City and boarding schools on the East Coast. Prep for Prep continues support throughout high and help to gain admission into highly selective institutions of higher education.

Lenfest: Enrolled: 3
The Lenfest Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs primarily in the areas of education, arts and the environment. H.F. (Gerry) and Marguerite Lenfest established the Foundation in 2000. The Foundation is based in suburban Philadelphia and primarily supports organizations and programs in southeastern and south central Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware.

Avid: Enrolled: 1
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an elementary through postsecondary college readiness program designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

Streetsquash: Enrolled: 1
An after-school youth enrichment program that combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and one-on-one mentoring.

New Jersey Seeds: Enrolled: 1
NJ SEEDS prepares academically talented, financially limited youth for success at competitive secondary schools.

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
Rose Scholars:
The Samuel G. Rose ’58 Scholarship for economically disadvantaged students from urban areas. The scholarship recipients are chosen by a team of administrators who review grades, high-school class ranks, SAT scores and financial situations. When the scholarship is fulfilled, which is estimated to be within the current academic year, there will be approximately 100 recipients—25 per class—each year. Rose’s philanthropy has been a major boost to the college’s level of diversity, and he credits the school’s leadership with giving him a reason to be so generous.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
Dickinson is proud to be a member of the Private College 529 Plan (formerly the Independent 529 Plan), the only nationally sponsored plan that is owned by the participating schools to help families control the cost of tuition and avoid market risk.

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

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:
Please see the admissions website below for more information regarding any of the programs and policies discussed above.

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