Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.50
Liaison Mike Harrington
Submission Date Aug. 6, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The New School
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.86 / 4.00 Mike Harrington
Assistant Director
Tishman Environment & Design Center
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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:

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

The New School provides a mandatory new faculty orientation and optional additional workshops on creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning environment in which issues of gender, race, sexual orientation, income, religion, ability, nationality, etc., are addressed along with an accompanying handout on equity, diversity and inclusion with anonymized scenarios, including a couple about family income. Around income in particular, we note that there's an impression that because of the expense of New School tuition, our students are all financially well off. To counter that, we note that we have students who are homeless, students who cannot afford food, students working multiple jobs, in order to address their misconceptions and prevent microaggressions arising from false assumptions, creating a better learning environment.

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

Since 1976 in partnership with the NYS Department of Education the University has administered the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program. The program is an access and support that helps to admit students who demonstrate academic potential but would not be considered admissible through traditional admissions guidelines. Students are evaluated on academic potential and financial need. Students admitted to the program are enrolled in either Parsons School of Design or Eugene Lang College. Students are provided with personal counseling support, tutoring and 10 semesters of full need financial aid packaging. Financial eligibility is measured by reviewing the household income documentation of each applicant. A student is considered based on a scale provided by the NYSDE that calculates family size and income against the federal poverty index multiplied by 185%.

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

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

Students are recruited via traditional methods which include college fairs and high school visits. An attempt is made to participate in programs and visit schools in underserved/low income or non-traditional communities. We also work with community-based educational and social service organizations that support students in college prep, afterschool and tutoring programs. Counselor education is also key in the student recruitment process, therefore we work to educate school counselors and others who assist students in the college application search and process about the program academic and financial guideline to that they can refer students who may be eligible.

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:

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:

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:

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