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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 Gold
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.90 / 4.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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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:

Over 73% of our students are on some form of financial aid. CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) is a federally funded program that we use for specific populations. We also use TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Student Support service, ENLACE (a statewide collaboration of people who represent the voices of under-represented children and families – people who have not traditionally had a say in policy initiatives which have had direct impacts on their communities or their families), and NM MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement), to name a few.

Financial Aid has multiple Grants designed to help the income based students afford college. Scholarships also help these students.

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

Our Student Services Office has created a list of questions and answers that are often asked by parents. This list of Q/A is shared with faculty and staff so they better understand the things that low-income students are dealing with as a family and as a student.
We have a system in place called “Quick Connect” that goes to the Office of Student Engagement who contacts the student when they notice there might be problems during the semester. The faculty is then contacted to support that student on a personal basis.

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

Designation as an Eligible Institution under Title III and Title V Programs

“Red to Green” (also a metaphor of our New Mexico Chile) is for financial literacy and is required for any student getting a loan. It helps students manage their money. This is a program that the students designed themselves with a grant through the Student Success Office!

NMSU uses a New Mexico state program which is a dual-credit program for high school and college-level classes; this is an admission policy. Chicano Programs does classes working with "first generation" competence, to assure that the children that are first generation from Mexico are supported. Chicano Program has "Dream Training" and works with Financial Aid to help our "Dreamers" - students that are undocumented immigrants in the US that meet conditional residency.

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

“Scholar Dollar” is for staff as a challenge of getting scholarships awarded where the staff learns a new programming language. In 2011, we changed to a single on-line application and the information goes to each individual college department for their specific needs.

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

NMSU faculty and staff use various means of communications. We have students and parents on the Navajo reservation with no internet and computer access. Our communications funnel recruits new students from initial meeting all the way down to the actual enrollment as well as training recruiters and front desk staff. We regularly send staff to Albuquerque and El Paso to sign up students because they can’t get to Las Cruces – this gives them the better classes because they are enrolling early.

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

The Partnership for Retention and Improvement of Meaningful Outcomes in STEM (PRIMOS) is a two year, federally funded education grant that began in 2008. The grant is funded by the US Department of Education.

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:

Prior to (or during) a student’s enrollment at NMSU, credits may be earned through the DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support) program. Earned DANTES credit will be treated as transfer credit without a grade, will count toward graduation, and may be used in fulfilling specific curriculum requirements.

Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program to assist highly-motivated non-traditional students to complete their post-secondary education. The Program works with non-traditional students in providing financial and academic support services so that they may be successful in meeting their educational goals.

Degree programs delivered at or through the NMSU Albuquerque Center satisfy a demand otherwise unmet in central and northern New Mexico. Innovative technologies are utilized to deliver programs to our non-traditional students throughout New Mexico.

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:

Myrna’s Children’s Village offers early care and education programs for NMSU students, faculty, staff, and community families and children, six weeks to five years of age. Through a variety of program options for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, families have choices to meet the childcare and educational needs of their young children.

The Southwest Region National Child Protection Training Center at New Mexico State University collaborates with the State of New Mexico’s Children, Youth & Families Department, Children’s Behavioral Health Division on their Systems of Care, Communities of Care and Healthy Transitions Initiatives.

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

Non-degree admission is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional, part-time students who do not wish to pursue a degree at this university.

Family units include married couples, married couples with children, single parents with dependent children and domestic partners (as defined by NMSU Policy found at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/other/domestic-partner/). Consideration is also given to veterans and non-traditional dependent family units.

Children in the Academic Workplace, Student Code of Conduct

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:

Hispanic Serving Institution

Minority-serving institutions (MSIs) are colleges and universities serving a large percentage of minority students. The Higher Education Act stipulates that ethnic minorities must represent more than 50% of total enrollment at these institutions. https://oia.nmsu.edu/resources/msi/

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