Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.76
Liaison Sarah Temple
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Louisiana State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.72 / 4.00 Sarah Temple
Campus Sustainability
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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:
LSU is committed to institutional access and affordability for students of all socioeconomic levels. The Pelican Promise Award program is designed to attract and support Louisiana students who are economically disadvantaged and academically qualified.

A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
The Spring Faculty Enrichment Series is a faculty and staff learning community series which takes place over the course of three months each Spring Semester. Unlike traditional seminars, these workshops will be co-facilitated by faculty and structured like colloquies. This will allow participants to have bonafide conversations about major topics around departmental culture, pedagogy and strategies that improve teaching in multicultural classroom environments.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program that serves a small, select number of undergraduate students who are under-resourced. The program provides intensive academic, personal, and career counseling to assist participating students in achieving success at LSU.

Ronald E. McNair Research Scholars Program, also a federally funded TRIO program, is a part of University College. Its primary purpose is to increase the graduate school enrollment of students; such is minority race students, first generation students, under-resourced, and women in under-represented fields at the post-graduate level.

The Summer Scholars Program, is an eight-week summer program that prepares selected under-represented and under-resourced minority students for a successful transition from high school to the University. This summer experience offers students the opportunity to become adjusted to the academic, personal, and social challenges they may encounter at LSU.

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
Pelican Promise Scholarship is a need-based grant program for Louisiana residents funded by the institution beginning in 2007 to assist students with financial need in paying for college. This program provides a tuition and registration fee exemption to students meeting specific need based criteria. For eligibility and retention details, visit our financial aid website.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
The Office of Admissions & Student Aid and the Office of Multicultural Affairs work in concert to plan LSU College Nights with local and regional civic organizations (100 Black Men, The Links, Inc., American Legion, Jack & Jill, Inc., Boys & Girls Club) as well as faith based entities (i.e., Churches, Volunteers of America, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.) who serve those under-resourced students. These outreach efforts are embedded in the University’s recruitment plan specifically to promote the Pelican Promise Scholarship.

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:
The Louisiana Go Grant -“ …aged 25 or older and not having enrolled in a college or university in credit bearing courses for at least one year”.

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:
LSU has an onsite daycare center.

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

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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