Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.33
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 4.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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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 Financial Aid Office offers online guides to their programs and has staff available for drop-in hours, phone and email correspondence. For matriculating students, Student Support Services offers Financial Aid and Scholarship Assistance.

If a student and/or family has a change in financial circumstances, such as a loss of income or increased expenses, individual circumstances may be considered in the re-evaluation of financial aid eligibility. In some cases, the Financial Aid Office may be able to adjust income information based on these “special circumstances.” Students and/or their families may also experience increased mandatory expenses, such as additional medical/dental/disability expenses, required educational expenses, and/or transportation expenses, etc. In some cases, the Financial Aid Office may be able to adjust the student’s estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) based on these “special circumstances” as well.

The state maintains 13 UW College campuses to serve as low-cost 2-year campuses with the goal of transferring to 4-year campuses like UW Oshkosh. Cost savings are a major justification for attendance at a UW College. UW Oshkosh works with UW System to maximize transfer of credits from UW Colleges. UW Oshkosh also works with the state Technical colleges to develop transfer agreements and 2+2 programs for student wishing to transfer.

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

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) sponsors workshops and sessions to assist faculty members in understanding the developmental needs of first-year students and specialized populations. The Center integrates its work with other campus offices to assist faculty and staff to explore new ways to engage students for success. Work will continue to implement best practices and address obstacles identified by the university data about student achievement.

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

Center for Academic Support and Diversity (CASD) PreCollege Programs enroll middle and high students primarily from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and a majority are multicultural students. Recent programs include: Aspiring Pupils for Professional Leadership in Education (APPLE); Exploring Science, Technology and Engineering Education Majors (ESTEEM); Making Aspiration Turn to Honors (MATH); PreCollege Enrichment Program (PEP); Summer Mathematics and Reading Talent Scholars (SMARTS); Wisconsin Youth in Nursing (WYN); and Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES).

For matriculating students, Student Support Services offers peer mentoring, tutoring, academic skills development, degree guidance, personal support, cultural/social activities, and referrals to other campus services. Student Support Services (SSS) is one of the federal TRiO programs funded through the U.S. Department of Education. The program has existed on the UW Oshkosh campus since 1975. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of the students it serves. The UW Oshkosh program serves a total 300 students annually. Students must meet prescribed eligibility criteria relating to family economic status and/or parental education attainment. Students with documented disabilities may also be served by the program.

UW Oshkosh is the largest recipient of transfer students in the UW System. A common reason for transfer is a financial strategy of using non-residential UW Colleges and Technical colleges to accumulate one to several semesters of credits at reduced expense. The campus recently opened the Titan Transfer Center to assist students in their integration into the University through an augmented student transfer advising process. This will allow transfer students to become better aware of University academic and student support services.

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

The federally-funded Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program will prepare 25 UW Oshkosh undergraduates annually for doctoral study by pairing them with faculty mentors who assist the students in designing, implementing, and completing a significant research project. The program seeks to increase the attainment of advanced degrees by students from first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented groups.

SSS Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to Student Support Services students meeting the eligibility criteria: First or second year college student; Pell Grant recipient; 2.50 GPA; Fulltime enrollment (12 credits/semester); Attendance at a minimum of five academic seminars or cultural enrichment events per year; minimum of four contacts with an SSS adviser per year.

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

From pre-college programs to graduation and career activities, the Center for Academic Support and Diversity (CASD) offers an array of programs and services that provide academic and student support services to enhance recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation of multicultural and qualified first-generation, low-income and/or disabled students.

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

The Financial Aid Office publishes a guide for 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:
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 UW Oshkosh Children's Learning and Care Center provides quality child care in Oshkosh for newborns through eight years of age, and is open to faculty, staff, students and the community!

The UW Oshkosh Children's Learning and Care Center was established in 1971 and exists to provide child care in Oshkosh for children of UW Oshkosh faculty, staff and students, and the Oshkosh community.
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The Children’s Learning and Care Center affirms the University’s inclusive excellence initiative that focuses on fostering greater diversity, equity, inclusion and accountability. It’s the Center’s policy to administer all educational programs, related support services and benefits in a manner that ensures diverse learning environments, which are vital to students’ growth, learning and achievement.


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