Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date May 18, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of Oregon
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.14 / 4.00 Steve Mital
Office of Sustainability Director
Finance & Administration
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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 any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

PathwayOregon ensures that academically eligible Federal Pell Grant eligible (low income) residents have their tuition and fees covered by grant aid, and receive special advising and support to ensure success. Diversity Excellence Scholarships fund students with racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.


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

The Teaching Engagment Program holds a series of events and programs that foreground inclusive teaching practices. The series of events and workshops are clustered around the notion of fostering students' sense of belonging in classes. Inclusive teaching conveys to stduents that their presence matters, an essential element of success for students from low-income and other marginalized backgrounds.


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

PathwayOregon ensures that academically eligible Federal Pell Grant eligible (low income) residents have their tuition and fees covered by grant aid, and receive special advising and support to ensure success. Diversity Excellence Scholarships fund students with racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.


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

PathwayOregon ensures that academically eligible Federal Pell Grant eligible (low income) residents have their tuition and fees covered by grant aid, and receive special advising and support to ensure success. Diversity Excellence Scholarships fund students with racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.


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

During several on- and off-campus events as well as orientation, parents and freshmen are split into separate groups, and parents are given special instruction on college expectations, financial considerations, and other aspects of parental involvement.


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

PathwayOregon includes an awareness program to ensure low-income students across the state know they can attend tuition-free if they meet the program requirements. PathwayOregon information is sent to low SES students and high schools with high proportions of free-reduced lunch populations.


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

SAIL is an innovated pipeline program that serves middle and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, which include lower income and/or first generation college students, with the aim of encouraging students to enroll and succeed in college through early exposure and exploration. SAIL offers free one-week summer programs on the University of Oregon campus, where students learn about various subjects from distinguished University of Oregon faculty members through fun social and interactive activities. Each summer, returning students choose a new academic subject. SAIL programs include sessions on the college admissions process, scholarship availability, and the financial aid process.


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

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRiO program, one of two at the University of Oregon. As a college retention program, SSS helps undergraduates meet the rigors of higher education and graduate from UO. The program is designed for students whose socioeconomic backgrounds, educational records, and personal situations suggest they may experience challenges at the UO that could be alleviated with use of resources offered by SSS. Grant Aid and scholarships are reserved for SSS participants.


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRiO program, one of two at the University of Oregon. As a college retention program, SSS helps undergraduates meet the rigors of higher education and graduate from UO. The program is designed for students whose socioeconomic backgrounds, educational records, and personal situations suggest they may experience challenges at the UO that could be alleviated with use of resources offered by SSS. Grant Aid and scholarships are reserved for SSS participants.


Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

The University has a child care program, Moss Street, which provides child care to children of students, faculty, and staff. In addition, there is an incidental fee funded Child Care subsidy for needy parents.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Nontraditional Student Union (NSU) is dedicated to providing resources and assisting non traditional students. They aim to support nontrad students in successfully achieving their goals at the University of Oregon. Their resources include seminars, a computer lab with free printing, microwave, mini-fridge, conversation, and school supplies. Their goal is to continually evolve to accommodate the needs of nontrad students. http://uoregon.orgsync.com/org/nsu/home


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Yes

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 38
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 64
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 63
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 49

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
10.50

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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