Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.81
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Aug. 23, 2012
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STARS v1.2

Slippery Rock University
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jessamine Montero
Senior Officer for Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

The Student Support Services program provides individual academic advisement and counseling, course work, and referrals which comprise the three major areas of program service.

http://www.sru.edu/academics/enrollment/academicservices/Pages/StudentSupportServices.aspx


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

SRU's financial aid office provides individual student/family counseling at Orientation and through phone and in-person meetings year-round that includes discussions about minimizing costs related to housing and mealplan choices.

From the SRU Strategic Plan:
• Increase the amount of need-based funding from private source (SRU Foundation, Inc.) and public sources (financial aid) for low income students.

• Slippery Rock University will strive to be affordable for eligible students from low- and middle-income families.

• Increase the number of need-based scholarship opportunities for prospective and current students.

• Decrease the total average debt of students at time of graduation.


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

Each fall semester the Tutorial Center sponsors a series of workshops to aid students in their learning from note-taking to time management. The workshops are traditionally given during common hour (12:30 pm - 1:15 pm) on Thursday’s consecutively for 10 weeks.
There are also a series of brochures and presentations availabe at:
http://www.sru.edu/academics/enrollment/academicservices/Pages/CollegeSuccessResources.aspx


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

ESD Emergency Book Fund: SRU provides a limited number of scholarships to assist with books for students who are exceptionally needy

This listing provides information and criteria for all scholarships available through SRU and information about additional scholarship opportunities from external organizations.:

http://www.sru.edu/academics/enrollment/financialAid/scholarships/Pages/Scholarships.aspx


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

SRU offers FAFSA-filing workshops on campus each spring to provide students and families with the opportunity to file the FAFSA on-line with the assistance of an SRU financial aid officer.

SRU has a webpage dedicated to informing parents of th operations and services of the University, located here:
http://www.sru.edu/parents/Pages/index.aspx

SRU provides a Financial Aid Calendar to help guide parents through the aid application timeline, located here:
http://www.sru.edu/academics/enrollment/financialAid/Pages/ParentsPage.aspx


A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

The Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Plan represents the collaborative initiatives, communications, energies and efforts of the Enrollment Services personnel as well as many constituencies across departments and divisions on campus:

http://www.sru.edu/academics/enrollment/Pages/StrategicEnrollmentManagementPlan.aspx


A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

The Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Educational Benefits website provides information about grants, loans, work-study and scholarship opportunities, along with information about SRU's affordable tuition. This information assists in understanding how SRU can help with educational costs.

http://www.sru.edu/academics/enrollment/financialAid/Pages/index.aspx


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

Slippery Rock University's Strategic Planning Vision 2025 Planning Review aims to improve student learning and success of low-income, first-generation students, and students of color, (FGLI/SC) including first year and transfer cohorts, as measured by improved
retention and graduation rates, by continuing
and expanding institutional research.

SRU's Office of Institutional Research identifies SRU students by income level and first generation status in order to be able to use the data as necessary to create new programming and outreach.


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

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