Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.68
Liaison Scott Morgan
Submission Date July 25, 2011
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Evergreen State College, The
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Scott Morgan
Director of Sustainability
President's Office
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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:

KEY (Keep Enhancing Yourself) is a TRIO Student Support Services program funded by The U.S. Department of Education. KEY has been advising and assisting eligible students through The Evergreen State College since 1977, helping to pave the way toward graduation. Each year, almost 200 Evergreen students use - and benefit from - KEY's comprehensive support services.

WaTEP; the Washington TRIO Expansion Program is a TRiO Student Support Services program funded by the State of Washington. The Legislature generously provided a 2-year grant for current TRiO programs to increase the amount of students they are able to serve. Dedicated WaTEP staff strive to increase the retention, academic achievement and graduation rates of program participants by providing comprehensive academic needs assessment, academic and career planning, tutoring services and financial aid guidance. We are deeply committed to supporting students in all of their academic pursuits.

Upward Bound; the Evergreen State College Upward Bound TRIO program has been funded by the U.S Department of Education since 1977. The program provides supplemental instruction in math, laboratory science, English composition, and college knowledge to 110 high risk, low income and first generation high school students from the Tacoma School District and Chief Leschi High School located on the Puyallup Indian Reservation.

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

Evergreen offers multiple scholarships and tuition awards with low-income criteria including the Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholarship which offers preference to first generation college students.


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

Faculty summer institutes (thematic planning and training) and support for faculty development.

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

Partnership with the Hispanic Round Table, and Gear up; the purpose of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is to support early college preparation and awareness activities in order to increase the number of disadvantaged students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

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

The KEY Services scholarship or tuition waiver is equal to one quarter of undergraduate resident tuition up to 18 credits. The KEY Student Services Scholarship is offered to a currently enrolled KEY Student attending full time. Applicants need to be active participants in the KEY program. Students should describe their philosophy of service to others and how their life choices reflect that commitment. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need.

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

Gear Up works with students in middle and high school and their families to prepare them for college attendance.

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

Evergreen partners with regional K-12 districts with historically low college attendance to recruit students from low-income backgrounds.

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:

Evergreen also offers three scholarships specifically for students of color and one scholarship specifically for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

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

The Evergreen State College and Grays Harbor College collaborate to provide a Bachelor of Arts degree on various Indian reservations in western Washington.

The Grays Harbor College reservation-based "bridge program" is a direct transfer Associate of Arts (AA) degree. This degree can be transferred to any four-year college or university. In most cases, this degree will satisfy the general education degree requirements at any four-year college or university. This program was designed to articulate with The Evergreen State College's upper division program so students would have a reservation-based Bachelor's degree available to them.

This AA degree program is taught as a hybrid distance learning program with students taking a combination of online and face-to-face courses. The online courses are taught by faculty from 13 different community colleges. Grays Harbor is the official home of this program and the place where students register and receive all services. The curriculum is fast paced, challenging and collaborative with an excellent faculty who are very student-centered. To serve students in this program, the faculty have made many changes to improve their instructional design and make their courses culturally relevant.

The Evergreen State College Reservation Based Community Determined program serves students with 90 or more college credits who live or work on a reservation or have social or cultural ties to tribal communities. Students work toward a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.

The Tribal Reservation Based Program has been in operation since 1989 and started at the Quinault Indian Reservation.

Tribal Master of Public Administration: Currently, there is no other Master of Public Administration program in the U.S. with an emphasis on Tribal Governance. With that in mind, the Tribal Governance Concentration focuses on structures, processes and issues specific to Tribal Governments. It provides current and future Tribal leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to work successfully in Indian Country.

Students who have completed the program include staff and faculty with tribal affiliations including, among others: Apache, Colville, Kootenai, Makah, Native Hawai'ian, Port Gamble S'kallam, Quinault, Rocky Boy Cree, Salish, Skokomish, Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Tulalip, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Many former students are employees in tribal governments, state government, and higher education with expertise in administration, higher education, natural resources, finance, intergovernmental relations and human resources.

The Evergreen State College also has the Office of the Dean of Academic and Student Support Services. This office includes many programs and tools in place to help under-represented students and groups on campus. http://www.evergreen.edu/studentservices/home.htm

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