|Submission Date||April 30, 2014|
University of Texas at Austin
PA-8: Affordability and Access
Does the institution have policies and programs in place 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:
A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
Summer Scholars, Gateway Scholars' Program; the Welcome Program; Longhorn Connection (all in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence in the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement).
A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
University Outreach Center: http://uoc.utexas.edu/
Our mission is to assist underrepresented students in grades 8-12 to excel academically, take college entrance exams, graduate high school, complete college admissions and financial aid applications, and enroll at an institution of higher education. This is accomplished through a variety of interventions that are relevant to the needs of the target students. Five University Outreach Centers are located throughout the state, in the following cities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, McAllen, and San Antonio.
ChemBridge is a web-based, dual-credit course that allows underrepresented high school students to earn six hours of college chemistry credit upon satisfactory completion of the course, while concurrently earning two semesters of high school credit for an advanced science class that serves as an Advanced Measure under the Texas Education Agency Distinguished Achievement Program.
SPURS: Students Partnering for Undergraduate Rhetoric Success
SPURS was developed in 2006 to offer college preparatory experiences to high schools that are underrepresented in postsecondary institutions by pairing lower-division writing courses at the University of Texas at Austin with 11th grade AP English III Language and Composition classes. SPURS is a collaborative partnership among participating Texas high schools, the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.
SPURS provides high school students with instruction in writing and critical thinking skills that prepare them for college-level writing. Skills in communication and analysis are crucial for students in the workplace and in their contributions as responsible citizens. The curriculum is designed also to provide students with enhanced instruction and practice in the kinds of writing on which Advanced Placement and other standardized tests are based.
A brief description of other admissions policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
A brief description of other financial aid policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:
Achieving College Excellence is an academic support program for students requiring additional assistance to meet their educational goals. ACE provides academic support through tutorial services, academic workshops peer advising and graduate school preparation. The ACE Program staff is committed to guiding students to the campus resources that meet their needs and to encouraging students to reach their highest potential. Students from any of the nine schools or colleges at UT are eligible to apply to the ACE program. However, strong consideration is given to first generation college students and students who come from economically challenged backgrounds.
Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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:
A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
|The percentage of entering students that are low-income||---|
|The graduation/success rate for low-income students||---|
|The percentage of student financial need met, on average||---|
|The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt||---|
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:
The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:
Longhorn Link Program http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/lcae/longhornlink.php
University Outreach Center http://uoc.utexas.edu
Achieving College Excellence http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/lcae/ace.php