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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 58.51
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Nov. 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.93 / 4.00 Derick Chick
Graduate Asssistant
Sustainability 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 any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

The SIU Carbondale McNair Scholars Program helps students realize their full potential by providing enriching educational experiences for low-income, first-generation college students and members of underserved groups in higher education. Beginning with a strong mentoring network, McNair scholars are fully supported and engaged in educational and professional development activities that lay the foundation for stellar research and academic skills. Our McNair Scholars Program promotes academic excellence, success in graduate school, and the achievement of a PhD – confirming there’s no such thing as too much ambition when it comes to educational goals.


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

• The SIUC Project Upward Bound is an educational assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to assist qualifying high school students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for successful completion of post-secondary education or training
• The Saluki Summer Bridge program is designed to help first-year students get an early start and adjust to student life. The program specifically helps incoming freshman prepare for their first semester at SIU. If selected, SIU provides a scholarship to cover the cost of housing, meals, courses and other expenses during the program.


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

SIU McNair Scholars Program
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the SIU McNair Program prepares undergraduates for graduate school through research and scholarly activities. Our program links students to faculty members who provide intensive, hands-on, mentored research experiences for eight weeks during the summer. Students receive a research award of $2800 for participating in the Summer Research Institute. Also, students participate in workshops, classes, graduate school visits, conferences, and personal and professional development activities throughout the school year. The scholarship program serves first generation, low- income students regardless of their ethnicity and students underrepresented in graduate education


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
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A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

There are various Scholarships that SIU provides for specific schools and counties around Illinois.
- The Keith and Carol Sanders Alumni Scholarship is designed to encourage high-achieving, low-income students from Benton Consolidated High School in Benton, Illinois to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale, especially if they are from an alumni family. If no students from Benton Consolidated High School are eligible, then students from Franklin County, Illinois may be considered.


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

A $40 non-refundable application fee may be waived for students who meet certain income levels.


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

SIU Carbondale meets the needs of low-income students and provides research-funded opportunities through the provision of scholarships and recent endowments. SIU Carbondale offers an alternate tuition rate for students from the states of Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. SIU Carbondale also offers an alternate tuition rate under the Geographic Enhancement Plan: Southern Illinois Talent Retention, to be known as the Southern Stars Tuition Rate. It provides that new, first-time freshmen from the 34 southernmost counties in Illinois who qualify for the Pell Grant and have taken a rigorous course of high school study be given an alternate tuition rate of 0.80 times the Illinois resident rate for four years, in accordance with Illinois Public Act 93-0228 (The Truth in Tuition Act).


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

The Creative and Scholarly Saluki Rookies (CSSR) engages SIUC undergraduate students with fewer than 75 credit hours at the start of the fall semester in faculty-mentored, hands-on research and/or creative activities. Students explore their intended majors or areas of interest, develop relationships with faculty in their field, and gain valuable research and critical thinking skills.
Ultimately the program goal is to improve the retention of promising, high achieving first-year students, particularly first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority students, by providing the academic and psycho-social support necessary to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to the sophomore year of college.


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

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

-Non-Traditional Student Services Activity Scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional undergraduate student with a commitment to academics, service, and campus involvement.
-Piper-McMahan Endowed Scholarship is Awarded to a full-time,non-traditional sophomore, junior, or senior who attended high school in Jackson County, IL. The financial need of the student will be considered but will not be the single most important factor


A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

The Child Development Laboratories (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) operates a child-care unit for a limited number of children from infancy to school age on a first-registered, first-served basis. In addition, Rainbow's End, housed in its own building just north of the Student Recreation Center, provides SIUC students and employees with a year-round care program for their children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Rainbow's End also offers after-school and evening programs.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Non-Traditional Student Services (NTSS), a unit of the Dean of Students, serves SIU Carbondale’s adult student population through guidance, support, and resource referral to enhance educational experiences from the point of entry to degree completion. NTSS also seeks to foster a sense of belonging among adult students by building community through scholarship, service, and support.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Yes

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 61
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 43.90
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 60
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 28

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
1.60

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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