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Overall Score 76.08
Liaison Leah Ceperley
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Dayton
PA-7: Affordability and Access

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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:

As a Catholic Marianist University, the University of Dayton values inclusion of all members of our community. Because of this commitment, UD does not target or segregate low-income students. It does, however, minimize costs for all students, including low income students with Flyer Promise Scholarship. Flyer Promise scholars receive significant university- and donor-funded scholarship and grant assistance, a $4,000 textbook scholarship and access to study abroad opportunities at no extra cost. The program also offers a range of academic enrichment, mentoring and leadership opportunities. University of Dayton alumnus William Tweed and his wife, Jan, have donated $1.5 million to endow a Flyer Promise scholarship as part of a new program that removes financial barriers for high-achieving underrepresented students at partner high schools. “This program is an important part of the University’s commitment to affordability and accessibility,” said Jason Reinoehl, vice president for strategic enrollment management. “It also aligns with our vision to create a more diverse and inclusive campus and our mission as a Marianist, Catholic university to build a community of servant leaders.” [https://udayton.edu/news/articles/2018/01/flyer_promise_donation.php]

UD participates in the Montgomery County College Promise. With this partnership, UD contributes half of the expenses towards a full-scholarship to local students, five students in 2017-2018. The College Promise program contributes the other half. These students are part of Flyer Promise Scholarship program.

UD Sinclair Academy: The UD Sinclair Academy allows students to begin their studies at Sinclair Community College and earn a bachelor's degree from UD. As a first and second year student, the student will be enrolled at Sinclair College and have access to a variety of benefits at UD including: Admission to UD by continuing academic success and following the guidelines in the respective program articulation agreement; Regular meetings with a UD academic advisers to ensure you stay on the path to success; A UD student ID card, UD email address and access to UD's internal website that offers information about campus activities and resources; Access to the University's fitness resources; Complimentary admission to regular season home athletics events for the Dayton Flyers; Participation in UD's more than 270 students organizations; Access to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, where students can become part of a peer mentoring program; Access to build an individualized co-curricular transcript and e-portfolio; Opportunity to participate in the Pride of Dayton Marching Band; Access to free RTA passes to ensure access to UD's campus; Access to programs and services to help transition from Sinclair to UD. Additional benefits upon transferring to UD: Eligibility for financial aid designed specifically for UD Sinclair Academy students; Summer or fall study abroad scholarship; Textbooks scholarship for up to five full-time semesters.

Fixed Net Tuition: UD provides a four-year approach to tuition which allows students and their families to evaluate before enrolling whether UD is affordable and to plan for costs. UD provides a four-year overview of costs and the promise that net tuition cost will stay the same all four years. The fixed net tuition approach means that students experience no increases to net tuition. Scholarships and grants increase each year to offset any tuition increases. UD doesn't have fees or surcharges, so students won't be surprised with their bill. As part of this effort for fixed tuition costs, student who attend an official campus visit and file the FAFSA, receive up to $4,000 for your textbooks over four years.

Additionally, when a student files the FAFSA, they are considered for institutional funded need-based aid. If a family is considered low income, the family will be considered for additional need based aid including student loans and student employment opportunity based on their remaining financial need. UD has been increasing need-based funding for students: https://udayton.edu/fss/financialaid/undergrad/index.php

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

Learning Enrichment Workshop, Faculty Exchange Series: Faculty workshops on aspects of service learning and civic engagement are regularly featured in the Faculty Exchange Series, sponsored by The Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center. The LTC offers UD faculty a range of resources and opportunities to strengthen teaching and scholarship. These workshops include sessions that better equip faculty for better serving students from low-income backgrounds. Recent workshops included Diversity and Inclusion Drop-In sessions, Teaching a Global Student Community, and a variety of reading groups. [https://udayton.edu/service_learning/faculty_development.php]

UD supports a staff member in Financial Aid Office dedicated to working with military veterans and provides a one-stop shop for Student Services including the Bursar's Office, Registrar, and Financial Aid.

A Flyer Promise faculty advisor is assigned to each Flyer Promise Scholar in addition to the student's academic advisor. The Flyer Promise advisor meets frequently with the student to support them in navigating challenges and unfamiliar landscapes of campus. These faculty are supported and trained for this role.

The Student Success Network is an on-line tool that collectively tracks "raised flags" of concern by individual staff and faculty across campus, from dining services to faculty. This program allows for tracking students who may be in need of greater support services.

The Student Success and Persistence Team is charged by the Provost with recommending and promoting strategies that will increase undergraduate student success and persistence from term to term and until graduation. Two of those measures will be the first to second year retention rate, and the six year graduation rate. The Team provides annual reports/updates to the Provost and the Provost Council on progress toward goals. Specifically, the team collects and analyzes data; researches best practices in success and persistence; identifies, capitalizes on, and recommends improvements on current structures, systems, and processes; fosters programming to support student success; and cross-campus communication regarding all categories listed above. Although this data collects and evaluation effort is campus-wide, it includes efforts that support low income and underrepresented students.

Dean of Students Series: The Dean of Students Office provides a variety of services to challenge, support, encourage, and prepare students to be successful now and after graduation. This series, typically held during the summer, is designed to provide information to faculty and staff on how you can support the success of students as it relates to key functions out of the Dean of Students office, and presents an opportunity to learn more about how we can work together throughout the academic year. In Spring 2018 this series includes sessions on the crisis response protocol, the student conduct system, restorative justice practices, influencing the campus climate for diversity, supporting LBGTQ+ students, and supporting students reporting discriminatory behavior and sexual assault.

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

UD Sinclair Academy -- once a student is accepted into UDSA, they are considered a full student, have full access to campus, access to library, career services, the writing center, Rec Plex, and more, to help them acclimate to campus before they come to campus. This familiarity helps students transition to their first full-time year on campus.

When students are admitted to UD, they receive a Financial Aid prospectus. Videos and other supporting material walk students and their families through the tuition pricing systems. Students prepare for life on campus through on-campus orientation, virtual orientation, and financial literacy training.

The Flyer Promise Summer Experience program introduces these students to campus with a 9-day program to ease the transition from home to college, especially for local students. The program includes sessions with the counseling center, campus ministry, faculty and others. Sessions are also offered for parents of the Flyer Promise Scholars.

There are several campus mentoring programs that assist all students, including low income, matching students with other students, with faculty, and with staff. One of these programs is the Peers Mentoring Program designed for first year students, offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Students in this program are mentored by other UD student.

The office of student Leadership Development seeks to empower students of all backgrounds to be socially just servant leaders through the acceptance and practice of responsibility, thoughtful decision making, reflection, and the exploration of the faith and spirituality of self and others.

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

Although all scholarships are based on merit, the Flyer's Promise Scholarship is a program that removes financial barriers for high-achieving underrepresented students from partner high schools.

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

UD Enrollment Management partners with college access programs in Cleveland (College Now), Columbus (I Know I Can), and Cincinnati (Cincinnati Youth Collaborative), Ohio. With these programs, UD works directly with staff in these cities to recruit underrepresented students and support them in the application and financial aid process. Additionally, UD partners with College Greenlight and Strive for College, on-line portals that provide one-on-one mentoring through the college application and financial aid process.

UD's Leadership and Service recruitment program partners with local high school counselors to identify and nominate students who are serving or working within the community. These students if accepted to UD are awarded a renewable scholarship each year.

UD works with the Infinite Scholars Program to recruit high achieving multicultural students, throughout the country.

The Flyers Promise Scholarship identifies students from local high schools. These students must be Pell Eligible to participate in the Flyers Promise program.

The UD Upward Bound Program serves first-generation, low-income high school students who attend Belmont High School, Dunbar Early College Academy, and Meadowdale High School. These students are eligible for the free or reduced lunch programs. Students participate in the UD UB Program year-round and receive academic support, college preparation, and college and financial aid application assistance at no cost to the participant or their families. During the academic year, the UD UB Program provides weekly tutoring, cultural and educational outings, personal and academic counseling, and ongoing motivation and support. During the six-week intensive Summer Academy, students have the opportunity to live on campus at the University of Dayton and take academic enrichment courses to help them achieve academic success.

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:

UD offers the Adult Degree Advancement Program. This program is specifically designed for students 24 years of age and older who wish to attend the University of Dayton part-time. The program allows students to complete a bachelor's degree at their own pace. Day and evening classes are available. Tuition for ADAP is discounted 40 percent off the regular undergraduate credit per hour tuition rate.

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:

The Bombeck Family Learning Center is the demonstration school for the Early Childhood Education Program for the University of Dayton's School of Education and Health Sciences. It is on campus and is open to all. Tuition is available on a sliding scale.

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

UD supports non-traditional students through the Adult Degree Advancement Program, UD-Sinclair Academy, military-friendly initiatives, and a Veterans Committee. The Adult Degree Advancement Program is specifically designed for students 24 years of age and older who wish to attend the University of Dayton part-time. The program allows students to complete a bachelor's degree at their own pace. Day and evening classes are available.

UD/Sinclair Academy provides a pathway for students to begin studies at Sinclair College and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, providing flexibility and greater affordability for non-traditional students. Since spring 2016, UD has accepted 117 students into our UD/Sinclair Academy.

UD supports veterans with a student development staff position dedicated to a military transfer initiative. A Veterans Committee composed of faculty, staff, and students is tasked with identifying students and support needs of veterans on campus.

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:

UD's Catholic and Marianist values underscore an intentional commitment to a student-centric, inclusive focus when developing and implementing new programs. With each new program or initiative, its impact on how it may change and shift our culture requires that we consider how we are going to support our students and how we going to support our faculty and staff in supporting all of our students.

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