Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.54
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University South Bend
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Monica Porter
Staff
Student Affairs
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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:

Students complete the FAFSA to determine federal and state eligibility for income/need based funding grants and scholarships including 21st Century Scholarship, Frank O'Bannon, Need-based funding, and on track awards.


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

IU South Bend has Inclusive excellence training with the University Center for Excellence in Teaching (UCET) to equip faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds.

https://iu.instructure.com/courses/1683073/pages/learn-about-teaching


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

The Titan Success Center (TSC) was established in 2015. Its mission is to support and provide academic guidance for and to retain undergraduate students with outstanding potential for success at IU South Bend. TSC coordinates holistic approaches to enhance academic success and the overall student experience among conditional admitted students. TSC is a supportive community of Success Coaches and IU South Bend campus and community partners. TSC oversees the University's Leadership Academy. It’s also a reassuring place for Renaissance Scholars, Frank O’Bannon Scholars, and the 21st Century Scholars. TSC works closely with each student throughout the semester, many of whom remain part of the program throughout their undergraduate experience at IU South Bend.

Goals of the Titan Success Center

Build rapport with the students

Offer best practices around adjustments to college from orientation to graduation

Provide quality academic guidance

Partner with professional and faculty advisors to promote retention and student success

Provide higher levels of support by identifying resources that help students achieve their goals

Empower and educate students by identifying resources that help students achieve their goals


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

The foundation and institution have scholarships with specific intent for need based students which uses the FAFSA completion to determine which students qualify. Qualified students can apply for grants and scholarships including 21st Century Scholarship, Frank O'Bannon, Need-based funding, and On track awards.

IU South Bend also utilized the CARES ACT funds to assist all students and paired it with university Emergency funds to close financial gaps.


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

IU South Bend recruits and supports students participating in the Indiana 21st Century Scholars program, which was created to broaden access and support families who struggle to meet the costs of higher education. We also participate in the Raise Me micro-scholarship outreach, which focuses on expanding access to higher education among low-income and first-generation students.


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

21st Century Scholarship, Frank O'bannon, Need-based funding, On track awards, Removal of testing for Admissions.

IU has a sponsorship and strong affiliation to Indiana Black Expo and the Indiana Latino Expo programs throughout the state. They host representatives from 21st century scholar program to help students register at events and waive application fees if done on site.


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:

The R.F. Hawkins scholarships; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Scholarship; Christine Pochert Ringle & Jerry Ringle Scholarship; Rose Mahank Memorial Scholarship; Tameka Luten Scholarship; Zalman & Virginia Dekelboum Scholarship; James F & Sharon K Van De Veire Scholarship.


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:

IU South Bend does not have an onsite child care facility but plans to partner with the YWCA and community non-profit agencies to help meet child care needs for students.


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

We have a working committee to address the needs of the students that are in the Foster care system.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
No

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
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The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
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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):
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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):
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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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data for this Credit was retrieved from the Department of Institutional Equity, and the Department of Student Affairs.

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