Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.48
Liaison Emmanuelle Jodoin
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Université de Sherbrooke
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Lucie Durand
Institutional Research Advisor
Management - Support Service
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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:

The Université de Sherbrooke supports students in many ways, either through different scholarships and / or work-study programs. In addition, the University Co-op Work Term and Placement Services greatly assist students with job search in their fields of study. Through guidance and information provided to students by the University Financial Aid Office and / or through the Scholarships Directory, the University well informs students, including low-income students, of the possibilities of financial assistance available to them.

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

In 2018, the Université de Sherbrooke developed the support program to the introduction of the inclusive pedagogical approach. This program aims to make teaching more inclusive and adapted to the student clientele, which includes, among others, low-income students and / or students from underrepresented groups (women, First Peoples, visible minorities and people with disabilities). The program has the following five objectives:
- Develop and test an inclusive and diverse learning, and learning assessment process;
- Promote student motivation and success;
- Promote the inclusion of everyone by better responding to everyone’s needs;
- Reduce the stigma of returning students, international students and emerging clientele;
- Limit the number of individual accommodation measures.

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

The University offers full-time undergraduate students a virtual tool called "Budget-Tool”, which makes it possible to estimate the costs related to a year of study in Sherbrooke and produce a university budget accordingly.
"Services at your fingertips" (Services à la clé) are also offered by the University. Accessible through a University web page, assistance clinics offered by Université de Sherbrooke students in particular fields allow them to practice their skills while providing their peers with specialized and free services. For instance, it is possible for students to get help in French and / or French as a second language, in English, with job search and with multimedia software. Students can also use the legal information service offered through this tool.

Guidance and information are also provided to students via the University Financial Aid Office.

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

Several scholarships are offered by the University for low-income students. Here are some examples:
Support for Success Scholarship. This scholarship program is intended for undergraduate students who require financial support to help them cover all costs related to the pursuit of theirs studies leading to the CPA designation (pathways to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant).

Cécile-Belval and Georges-Racicot Scholarship. This grant supports women who are returning to school full-time at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Judge Mark Philippe Scholarship. This scholarship is to encourage the academic perseverance of an Aboriginal student in the Faculty of Law, who demonstrates financial need.

TD Bank Group Scholarship. This scholarship, representing three different grants, is provided as a financial support to undergraduate students.

Also, students from the University who experience financial difficulties may also receive FORCE Foundation scholarships. These are intended to help students in pursuing their studies, which could otherwise be compromised. In addition, three other support programs are offered to undergraduate and graduate students. These programs cover food, work-study possibilities and provide personalized budget consultations.

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

From an institutional point of view, the University does not carry out targeted outreach based on socio-economic criteria since it does not currently have the means to do so. Through its recruitment actions and campaigns, however, the scope to cover as many individuals as possible who meet the required educational entry criteria is very broad.

On the other hand, the Bachelor of Law Admissions Policy for Aboriginal Candidates and the Access and Support Program for Aboriginal Candidates to Legal Studies go hand in hand with the idea of a targeted recruitment campaign; the financial resources of this underrepresented group to access University are often precarious. Through such programs, not only the university becomes accessible to them, but they are supported to succeed in their university studies.

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

The University Financial Aid Office assists and supports students who are eligible for financial aid offered by the Québec Government. Staff can help students fill out the required forms appropriately as to ensure that they have access to the funding to which they are entitled.

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 daycare center called "CPE Tout-petit, Toute-petite” is present on the main campus of the University. It offers 64 spaces for infants and children and priority is given to parents who study or work at the main campus. A kindergarten named "Brin d’Univers” is also located on the main campus. It welcomes children of 4 and 5 years old and it is supervised by the University Department of Preschool and Elementary Education.

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

The Sustainable Development University Training Center (Centre universitaire de formation en environnement et développement durable (CUFE)) gives students the opportunity to complete microprograms in environment and sustainable development. Such offerings allow students to more easily reconcile their professional and personal lives while pursuing their studies. The CUFE also offers several distance courses for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Université de Sherbrooke Longueuil Campus offers a large number of training courses in a variety of fields, including continuing education. Credited undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs, non-credited training and University of the Third Age training are available. Most courses are given in the evenings and on weekends, which enables accessibility, thus allowing thousands of students to remain in the workforce consequently.

Furthermore, and while keeping in consideration to support non-traditional students in their university careers, the University provides resources to assist parent students. Via the University’s web page, services and support offered on the main campus as well as on the Longueuil Campus are displayed, may they be related to financial aid, families activities on campuses, maternity support or parenthood support, etc.

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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