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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 50.89
Liaison Nicholas Kordesch
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

San Francisco State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.63 / 4.00 Nick Kordesch
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of 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:

Financial Aid: SF State offers a wide array of assistance options for low income students in the form of financial aid. Cal Grant B is primarily for students from disadvantaged and low-income families. http://www.sfsu.edu/future/costs/aid.html

The Metro College Success Program, which helps underrepresented students at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) navigate their first two years of college, specifically expanded its funding to serve a greater number of low-income students. http://postnewsgroup.com/blog/2015/03/31/sf-state-receives-3-million-award-help-low-income-underrepresented-students/

Assembly Bill 540 is a law that was passed in 2001 by the California legislature and was recently amended with AB 2000. The law were written for students who are undocumented or a U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident who attended High School in California. If these students meet specific requirements, they are able to pay ‘resident fees’ instead of ‘non-resident fees’ if they attend a CA public institution of higher education. http://www.sfsu.edu/~finaid/ab540/index.html

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SF State University has improved access and retention of historically underserved (low income, first generation college) students by facilitating their matriculation into SF State and by providing a support system for their success. EOP is a comprehensive program designed to provide students with outreach, admissions, academic, and financial support. Students receive on-going advising, tutoring, and workshops designed to increase retention and graduation rates. Awards range from $100 to $800 for the academic year, depending on the availability of funds and the need of the students. http://www.sfsu.edu/~eop/


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

SF State's Work-Study program enables students to earn money from part-time jobs on campus and off campus at approved non-profit organizations. Staff and faculty regularly hire work-study students to gain on-the-job experience that fits their academic scheduling needs.

SF State's WASC accreditation process included a Student Success and Graduation Initiative Task Force that has works to implement policies and practices that improve graduation rates and decrease the gap in graduation rates for low-income and under-represented students.


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

The Metro College Success Program, which helps underrepresented students at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) navigate their first two years of college, specifically expanded its funding to serve a greater number of low-income students. http://postnewsgroup.com/blog/2015/03/31/sf-state-receives-3-million-award-help-low-income-underrepresented-students/

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SF State University has improved access and retention of historically underserved (low income, first generation college) students by facilitating their matriculation into SF State and by providing a support system for their success. EOP is a comprehensive program designed to provide students with outreach, admissions, academic, and financial support. Students receive on-going advising, tutoring, and workshops designed to increase retention and graduation rates. http://www.sfsu.edu/~eop/

Summer Bridge
The Summer Bridge Program is an eight-week non-residential academic program that facilitates the transition from high school to the university. 100 Bay Area residents who live in zip codes beginning with 94 are selected. Participants are provided with an opportunity to adjust to the university environment and are introduced to an extensive educational support service network. The program allows participants to formulate a strong sense of belonging and connectedness to EOP and the university.


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

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SF State University offers the following scholarships to help students with the cost of their educational expenses:
Ray Uribe/Associated Students Memorial Scholarship
Louie Loy and Leong Shee Memorial Scholarship
Estella Lara/Associated Students Memorial Scholarship
Berry & Vera Lee Clanton Endowed Scholarship
All EOP Students are eligible to receive Free Tutoring.


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

SF State's Associated Students' Project Connect uses student interns in the recruitment toserve as mentors, role models and tour guides to high school and middle school students visiting SF State. Interns conduct High Schools Outreach, Middle Schools Outreach, Elementary Schools Outreach, Community College Outreach, “Yes You Can” Student Panels, and College Interviews & Campus Tours. Project Connect Outreach Department exists to empower the student body in promoting access to and awareness of higher education or low-income and underrepresented elementary through community college students. It provides free college awareness days for partnering elementary, middle, high school and community college students and their parents as well as provide other outreach services to schools during the year. THe program promotes & supports access to any institution of higher education, not limited to SF State University. http://asi.sfsu.edu/programs/project-connect


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

SF State University's Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) is a comprehensive program of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in collaboration with the School of Social Work. Launched in Summer 2005, SF State GSP is tailored to fit the needs of undergraduate students who are current or foster youth. The individual case management services offered through GSP augments EOP's current academic focus. The Guardian Scholars Program partners with on-campus departments and works with off-campus social service groups to ensure a pipeline for CSU eligible youth in foster care. Each year, the program admits both first-time freshmen and transfer students. The combined partnership of SF State's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the SF State School of Social Work defines a commitment to student success and academic achievement.


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:

Nancy Pelosi Scholarship Program for National Service: To provide financial support for SF State students who are U.S. veterans or dependents of U.S. veterans in good academic standing at SF State.

Dr. John irwin/Associated Students Memorial Scholarship: To provide assistance and support to the educational advancement of students by awarding money to eligible SF State students. Criteria: Part time minimum enrollment at SF State or enrolled in at least half-time at another college or high school senior at the time of application. Applicants must include a detailed explanation of their academic achievement, supported by a letter of recommendation. Students must prove they were once on court mandated probation or parole, yet have transcended such monitoring and maintained good academic standing.


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 SF State Associated Students Early Childhood Education Center assists student parents attain their educational goals by providing appropriate care for their young children in a high-quality, convenient and affordable educational setting. It's mission is to assist student parents with their goal of obtaining a college degree by providing them with high-quality, convenient and affordable childcare for their young children. Childcare tuition is determined by using a sliding scale fee chart that considers student status, family size and income. Low-income parents may qualify for part-time subsidized childcare through the Center’s two current federal and state grants: Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) and the State Preschool Program. CCAMPIS funds are provided through a grant with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and are intended to help low-income undergraduate parents of infants and toddlers earn a college degree.

State Preschool funds are provided to help parents from low-income families prepare their preschooler for kindergarten by providing their child with part-time childcare in a high-quality early childhood education program. Low-income parents may also be eligible for outside agency funding.

http://asi.sfsu.edu/programs/ecec


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

The College of Extended Learning's Open University allows students to take space-available SF State academic credit classes without formal admission to the University. https://cel.sfsu.edu/openuniversity

The College of Extended Learning at SF State offers a wide variety of continuing adult education courses and programs to prepare you for career advancement, career change, or personal growth. We offer nationally-acclaimed curricula and faculty; weekend, evening, and online courses; plus access to thousands of transferable degree-credit University classes. https://cel.sfsu.edu/about

Project Rebound supports the formerly incarcerated on their journey through successful reintegration in a college setting. http://asi.sfsu.edu/programs/project-rebound


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):
45

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
48

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):
70

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):
0

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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We were unable to find data on the percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required, therefore for the purposes of this credit we recorded the percentage to be 0.

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