Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.23
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Jan. 13, 2012
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STARS v1.1

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Andriel Dees
Chief Diversity Officer
Chancellor's Office
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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:

Currently we participate in three TRIO programs: Student Support Services, McNair Scholars and Upward Bound.


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

N/A


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

Please refer to our Financial Aid Website: http://www.uwrf.edu/FinancialAid/


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

The Student Support Services (SSS) Program is a TRIO Program funded by the US Department of Education. It is designed to assist first generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities in pursuit of a college degree. The program has significantly increased the retention rates for students that enter UWRF with high risk academic factors, up to and through graduation.


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

The UW System administers the Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant Program. This program began in the 1986-87 academic year, and provides need-based assistance to African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indiana, and statutorily defined Southeast Asian American students who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Eligible students may be sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are Wisconsin residents or Minnesota Reciprocity students.


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

University of Wisconsin River Falls Department of New Student and Family Programs is committed to providing new students and their families with the information, resources, and support that is needed during the transition to and through the college experience. Specifically, New Student and Family Programs partners with many programs including the abovementioned Student Support Services (SSS) to provide guidance to low-income and/or first generation families to onboard and navigate through the higher education experience.


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

University of Wisconsin River Falls is dedicated to providing equity and access to higher education. We have resources and personnel in our Office of Admissions dedicated to Multicultural Outreach. More information may be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/Admissions/multicultural.cfm

In addition, University of Wisconsin River Falls has a thriving Upward Bound Program. More information can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/AcademicSuccess/Upward-Bound.cfm


A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

Please refer to our Admissions Page link: http://www.uwrf.edu/Admissions/


A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

Please refer to our Financial Aid Page link: http://www.uwrf.edu/FinancialAid/


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The McNair Scholars Program is a Post baccalaureate Achievement program designed to prepare first-generation, low-income or traditionally underrepresented undergraduate students to become scholars with PhDs. The program is open to University of Wisconsin River Falls students who have completed their sophomore year with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who are academically motivated and committed to pursuing a PhD. More information may be found at the following link: http://www.uwrf.edu/AcademicSuccess/McNair-Scholars-Program.cfm


The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:
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Additional Responsible Parties include:

Torrion Amie – Student Support Services
Tyra Nelson – Upward Bound
Njia Lawrence-Porter – McNair Scholars
Sarah Egerstrom - New Student and Family Programs
Barbara Stinson - Financial Aid
Mark Meydam - Admissions

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