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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 Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Lee McQueen
Submission Date Feb. 2, 2012
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University of Nebraska at Kearney
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Cheryl Bressington
Director of Human Resources
Human Resources
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to ... (Yes)

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

• Participation in federal TRIO programs
Student Support Services is a federally funded TRiO program which acts as a bridge linking faculty and students. Our mission is to "increase retention and graduation rates among program participants by providing comprehensive, individualized academic support." URL: http://www.unk.edu/sss/


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

• Policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students
Collegebound Nebraska program - NU wide program that guarantees tuition cost will be covered if student qualifies for a Pell grant (http://www.collegeboundnebraska.org/). Kearney Bound partnership program with four area high schools (Kearney HS, KCHS, Lexington and North Platte). Program for selected first generation, low-income students from these four high schools. Students are selected during freshmen year of high school and mentored through high school. Upon successful admission to UNK, students are then fully funded during their time at the University.


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

• Programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from
low-income backgrounds
The Center for Teaching Excellence at UNK promotes an ongoing discussion about teaching and learning. Teaching is viewed as a serious intellectual endeavor that requires continued professional development and scholarly research to promote and maintain excellence. URL: http://www.unk.edu/academics/cte/Center_for_Teaching_Excellence/


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

• Programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education
The Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference - The Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference is a daylong conference for high school students. Through a series of workshops, discussions, and motivational speakers UNK hopes to recruit and inspire high school students to consider and commit to a college or university-level education. URL : http://www.unk.edu/offices/multiculturalaffairs.aspx?id=11863


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

• Scholarships for low-income students
Kearney Bound partnership program with four area high schools (Kearney HS, KCHS, Lexington and North Platte). Program for selected first generation, low-income students from these four high schools. Students are selected during freshmen year of high school and mentored through high school. Upon successful admission to UNK, students are then fully funded during their time at UNK.

Thompson Scholars - A community for the recipients of the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarships, the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community (TSLC) is designed to enhance the learning and living experience of UNK Students who have been awarded a scholarship by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. The learning community affords the scholars additional academic support from a faculty director, TSLC Staff members, and peer mentors, alongside all of the exceptional resources provided through the UNK campus for student success. URL: http://www.unk.edu/thompson/

Office Service Dependent Scholarship – This scholarship is awarded to dependents of office service employees. Along with academic performance, need for assistance, extracurricular activities and work experience are considered in awarding the scholarship. URL: http://www.unk.edu/committees/staffsenate.aspx?id=3342


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

• Programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education
Experience
A portion of the Summer Advising and Enrollment for First Time Freshman is dedicated to educating parents on experience and expectations. Families can meet individually with financial aid during SAE, we also do parent session with all student services areas present. URL: http://www.unk.edu/sae/


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

• Targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds
Kearney Bound is a cooperative program between selective high schools and UNK. The program is an opportunity for first generation high school students to earn a four year comprehensive scholarship to attend UNK.


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

The University of Nebraska at Kearney provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work study. The Financial Aid office assists students with financial aid from federal and state resources, the University and private organizations. Frequently students receiving assistance to pay for college are funded through a variety of sources. It is the responsibility of the Office of Financial Aid to coordinate the application and awarding process of multiple types of aid for students.


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

The University of Nebraska at Kearney provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work study. The Financial Aid office assists students with financial aid from federal and state resources, the University and private organizations. Frequently students receiving assistance to pay for college are funded through a variety of sources. It is the responsibility of the Office of Financial Aid to coordinate the application and awarding process of multiple types of aid for students.


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

Other policies and programs not covered above


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