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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 Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Keith Muhlestein
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2012
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STARS v1.0

University of Texas at San Antonio
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Hazem Rashed-Ali
Assistant Professor
Architecture
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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 the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

UTSA is a participant of the federal TRIO program. Current TRIO programs available in UTSA include:

- Educational Talent Search (San Antonio and Outreach): A program designed to encourage students to complete high school and enter a university, junior college, technical or vocational school after high school graduation.

- Upward Bound (Northside and Southside): a pre-college program for TRIO-eligible students attending high school at Southside, Jay and Holmes High Schools.

- Upward Bound Math & Science (San Antonio and Medina Valley: a pre-college program for TRIO-eligible students attending high school at Warren, Stevens, and Medina Valley High Schools. UBMS focuses on preparing students for post-secondary study in the STEM fields.

- Ronald E. McNair Program: A Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program that helps TRIO-eligible undergraduates to prepare for and pursue graduate degrees.

More information can be found on: http://p20.utsa.edu/programs/category/TRIO/


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

The UTSA Financial Aid Office provides resources to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue a post-secondary education. The UTSA Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services will meet the direct costs or financial need for all eligible students until a variety of funds have been exhausted. Available programs include federal, state, and university grant programs, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities.

More information can be found on: http://utsa.edu/financialaid/types-of-aid/index.html


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

The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives is focused on providing the leadership required to increase the college-going rate of Texans over the next decade by establishing strong relationships and collaborations with stakeholders interested in serving and assisting students that have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented in higher education. As a comprehensive university and system-wide effort, the office promotes research-based practices that address educational access, college readiness, persistence and educational reform through collaborative programming.

P-20 programs include:
- Outreach Programs, aimed at creating a college going culture for underserved students.
- Instructional Programs: aimed at increasing academic opportunities for high school students to earn college credit.
- Research Programs: aimed at developing a Best Practices Clearinghouse focused on collaboations.


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
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A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
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A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

- Rowdy Reader Program:
The Office of P-20 Initiatives, UTSA Athletics and Communities in Schools-San Antonio (CISSA) have partnered to offer a literacy program that focuses on the importance of reading in elementary and middle school. The program also works to emphasize the importance of higher education. Provided they complete the required number of books, the program also provides participating students with an opportunity to tour UTSA and attend a UTSA athletic event. This program also works to match up a UTSA athletic team with a CISSA identified school and provide mentorship and reading opportunities to all enrolled students.

- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
The University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) undergraduate student research program has been established with funding from the National Science Foundation. The program provides a group of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from underserved/underrepresented groups with opportunities to participate in on-going research projects at UTSA.

- Collegiate G-Force Work-Study Mentorships:
The College for All Texans Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Office of P-20 Initiatives and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The UTSA Collegiate G-Force is a group of motivated college students who help area high school students through tutoring, mentoring and outreach activities. The G-Force team concentrates on students’ attitude, aptitude and access to college. Through these three areas, G-Force mentors demonstrate how college is possible with a commitment to academic success and proper planning. The G-Force team provides knowledge about college admission and financial aid.

- Dream Runners Program:
The Office of P-20 Initiatives and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at UTSA developed a collaborative program that focuses on educational improvement and higher education awareness of San Antonio area elementary and middle school students. The program is based on increased college awareness, the importance of reading and math skills, and the value of pursuing educational opportunities after high school graduation.

- America Reads/America Counts Tutoring Program:
The America Reads/ America Counts Tutoring Program is designed to employ eligible college work-study students as reading and math tutors to help ensure that participating inner-city elementary school students receive tutoring services and are proficient in these academic areas. As part of this national Work-Study program, a collaborative effort and partnership was created between the San Antonio Independent School District and the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and the Office of Student Financial Aid.

- P20 Truancy Counseling Program
The P20 Truancy Counseling program provides assistance and alternatives to youths and their families charged with truancy fines assigned by the Bexar County Juvenile Court System. The main goal of the program is to work with students to reengage them in the educational system and to eventually be successful in their academic pursuits. The program assists both the parents and students by providing them with an opportunity to waive or reduce their truancy fines.

- Roadrunner for a Day (formerly Campus Tours):
The Roadrunner for a Day program is available for students in grades three through eight. This program provides the student with an opportunity to tour the UTSA campus and experience day-to-day college life. The Office of P-20 Initiatives main objectives are to inspire, engage, and assist the participating students in their pursuit of higher education goals.

- Rackspace Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Summer Institute:
Rackspace and the Office of P-20 Initiatives have partnered to offer a two-week high school summer camp program that highlights STEM careers. The intent of the program is to expose students to the different career opportunities that exist within Information Technology (IT) and STEM fields. The camp is free, hosted during the summer months and open to local area high school students.

- College and Career Fairs:
In order to create a college going culture within Bexar County, the Office of P-20 Initiatives is committed to providing information about the importance of going to college to elementary and middle school students. P-20 provides interested campuses with general information about UTSA, course offerings, general admissions requirements, general financial aid requirements, and college life. To

- Mobile Go Center:
In an effort to increase the number of underserved/underrepresented students attending public institutions of higher education in the state of Texas, the Office of P-20 Initiatives has set up a Mobile GO Center, which serves as a point of coordination for students, parents, counselors and institutions of higher education. The ’42 foot mobile computer lab provides access to important resources in college preparation and the admissions process.


A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:
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A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:
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A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:
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The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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.