Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.41
Liaison Trevor Ledbetter
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2012
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University of Arizona
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Joseph Abraham
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 University of Arizona participates in TRIO programs through the Student Transitions Center, specifically the Student Support Services program. UA focuses on providing services that promote academic success through graduation for students who are first generation college students, disabled, or from low-income backgrounds.


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

The University of Arizona offers a variety of scholarships to students and helps students find and apply for scholarships. In addition to these services, UA has established the Arizona Assurance Fund. This fund helps Arizona families send children to college without accumulating significant financial debt.

For more information on the Arizona Assurance Fund please visit http://financialaid.arizona.edu/assurance .

For more information on financial services available to underrepresented groups at the University of Arizona please visit http://www.arizona.edu/diversity/get-financial-resources .


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

The University of Arizona promotes faculty and staff to create inclusive environments. The Office of the Special Advisor to the President for Diversity and Inclusion maintains a website with resources for creating inclusive classrooms and workplaces. Many of the topics deal with mitigating bias as well as using alternative methods for working with students from different backgrounds.

For more information please visit http://www.arizona.edu/diversity/resources-inclusive-classrooms-and-workplaces


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

The University of Arizona provides programming in the community that targets local low-income students for higher education preparation.

Specific programs that the University implements are:

Math Engineering Science Achievement- UA works to increase the number of ethnic minority, low-income, and first-generation college-bound students who are eligible to enter a degree program at a university.

GEAR UP- GEAR UP College coaches work at five Tucson high schools and offer a variety of free programs and services to students and their families. Activities include career exploration opportunities, college knowledge workshops, tutoring, educational field trips, campus visits and tours, summer enrichment activities, Math through Mariachi, and Voices of GEAR UP.

High School Programs- The Summer Engineering Robotics Program, Pharmcamp, and the Summer of Excellence Programs work to provide an opportunity for high school students to experience college culture while promoting academic experience.

Additionally, Project SOAR (Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency) partners with a local charter school, the Wildcat School, by providig UA students who act as mentors to the students and emissaries for the university.


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

There are a wide variety of scholarships available to students of the University of Arizona. Please contact financial services to learn more about scholarships.


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

The University of Arizona recognizes the importance that parents have in students' college experience and helps instruct parents for this the period of their child's life through the College Academy for Parents (CAP).

CAP is a program designed specifically for elementary parents to assist them in guiding their young children toward a university education. There are many steps to take to ensure a child is ready for college, and CAP guides parents through everything from college admissions and financial aid to academic preparation and parent engagement. By the end of the program parents are well prepared to guide your student through to middle school, high school and beyond.

For more information please visit http://eao.arizona.edu/cap/information


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

The Office of Admissions has targeted outreach to local high schools. While visits to all local high schools are scheduled, schools that have higher numbers of under-represented groups and low-income students receive greater attention. In addition to visits, the Office of Admissions conducts phone campaigns to low-income households to recruit students to attend the University of Arizona. First generation college students and low income students are the targeted groups for these efforts.

For more information please visit the Office of Admissions website (http://www.admissions.arizona.edu) or call 520-621-3237


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