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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.16
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, San Marcos
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Sustainability Manager
Safety, Risk and Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs 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:

TRIO Student Support Services: Student Support Services offers personal, transitional, and academic support to students from first-generation, low-income, and disability backgrounds, enabling them to persist and graduate from Cal State San Marcos.

Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO SSS has been hosted at Cal State San Marcos since 1993 and is currently funded to provide support to 200 students from first-generation, low-income and disability backgrounds. The primary purpose of TRIO SSS is to increase the retention and graduation rates of student participants.

Equal Opportunity Grant (EOP) is a program within the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services (CLASS), the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is the University's first access and equity program. It exists to serve historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students by providing academic support services that will improve both the access and retention of this population in a university setting.

All EOP students are eligible for EOP grant consideration (distributed by the Financial Aid Office), permitting the student has submitted a current FAFSA, has fulfilled EOP requirements for the previous year, and the availability of funds. EOP strives to serve economically disadvantaged and first generation college students with academic support services that lead to a university degree.


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

Not specifically.


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

The College Assistance Migrant Program is a unique educational program at California State University San Marcos. This program aims to help students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds to succeed in college. CAMP is a national program that was established over thirty years ago and has helped thousands of students accomplish their educational goals. CSUSM was fortunate to have been awarded the CAMP grant in 2002. CAMP offers students pre-college transition and first-year support services to help develop the skills needed to stay in school and successfully graduate from college. CAMP students complete their first year and graduate at a higher rate than other students.


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

CSUSM provides a variety of scholarships for low-income students. A list of all the scholarships is located here: http://www.csusm.edu/finaid/scholarships/generalscholarships.html

Note* Not all are for low-income students, but most are


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

The Alliance to Accelerate Excellence in Education (The Alliance) at CSU San Marcos is a regionally focused initiative intended to improve college attendance and competition rates of students within North County. Guided by principles of partnership, collaboration, and academic excellence, the Alliance serves as the oversight and support office for guaranteed Admission agreements with ten area school districts.

CAMP is also a


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

The Alliance to Accelerate Excellence in Education (The Alliance) at CSU San Marcos is a regionally focused initiative intended to improve college attendance and competition rates of students within North County. Guided by principles of partnership, collaboration, and academic excellence, the Alliance serves as the oversight and support office for guaranteed Admission agreements with ten area school districts.

In addition to having Guaranteed Admission Agreements (partnerships) with ten local school districts, CSUSM also has agreements with sovereign governments and other educational agencies.

http://www.csusm.edu/community/alliance/alliancemou/index.html


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

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

The University Ball-Science Scholarship is awarded to students who have a Science major, 3.00 or higher GPA, financial need and enrolled as 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 overall goal of the project is to increase rates of retention and graduation among CSUSM low income parents of preschool children by providing affordable, quality campus-based childcare, academic advising and parent education. The program provides scholarships to low income parents of preschool children based on a sliding scale fee structure so that they have access to a state-of the-art childcare center (CCF). In addition to the provision of childcare, CCAMPIS scholars will receive ongoing academic advising, be involved in their children’s education, and participate in a series of parent education workshops.


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

Our ACE Scholar's Program is geared to foster youth: ACE Scholars Services is an innovative, top-tier program at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) designed to support former foster youth at a time when they need it most.

The ACE program is not an extension of the state foster care system. Instead, it's about ensuring academic success upon exiting the system — and making the transition from being cared for, to caring for oneself.

Our primary objective is to meet the unique needs of students who are former foster youth through services and support systems that will improve their rates of matriculation, graduation, and career success.

We also have the Veteran's Center: CSUSM is home to more than 500 student Veterans; the highest percentage per capita of any California State University campus. We pride ourselves on our high-touch holistic approach toward our military-connected students, and offer a wide array of services and resources for them.

The Veteran Services team is comprised of faculty and staff, mostly Veterans themselves, serving CSUSM Veterans, active duty, and family members in a number of ways. We're dedicated to ensuring the successful transition of our students into sustainable careers.

Veteran Services provides opportunities for mentorship and professional development; networking and portfolio building; and to meet with VA claims representatives and university deans.

Our College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP): The College Assistance Migrant Program is a unique educational program at California State University San Marcos. This program aims to help students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds to succeed in college. CAMP is a national program that was established over thirty years ago and has helped thousands of students accomplish their educational goals. CSUSM was fortunate to have been awarded the CAMP grant in 2002. CAMP offers students pre-college transition and first-year support services to help develop the skills needed to stay in school and successfully graduate from college. CAMP students complete their first year and graduate at a higher rate than other students.

PASO (Pathways to Academic Success and Opportunities) aims to expand educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Latino students. With the focus on retention and graduation of Latino students through the Pathways to Academic Success & Opportunities program, CSUSM will address the achievement gap among Latino students by implementing innovative student services, culturally relevant curriculum, and meaningful co-curricular offerings aimed at increasing retention and graduation rates specifically for this student group.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
No

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
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The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
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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):
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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):
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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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.