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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 51.80
Liaison Jill Fermanich
Submission Date Sept. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.79 / 4.00 Laurie Case
Sustainability & Strategic Planning Coordinator
Chancellor's 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:

All students are encouraged to apply for federal and state aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility for different grant programs is determined by the results of the FAFSA. We do not have specific institutional aid programs geared toward the "low income" however, we do not require new traditional students to live on campus, so a local, low income student (or any new student) could lower costs by commuting from home.


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

An all-campus "retention summit" was conducted in January 2011, and a session on student financial aid was held. It was well received, particularly because most faculty have little knowledge of the daunting financial circumstances facing low income students.


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Precollege Programs
The Precollege Programs at UWGB consist of two-week, residential experiences at UWGB where students live in the dorms on campus and attend classes during the week. Students participate in one of three programs: Young Writers Workshop, Stars of the Future/ Estrellas del Futuro, Learning with Legos. All three run concurrently, from June 12 through June 24 for 2011, and share dorm staffs.

In addition, the Phuture Phoenix program encourages local at-risk students, starting at the fifth-grade level, to complete high school and attend college, thus boosting the percentage of NE Wisconsin graduates who continue onto college.

UW - Green Bay also participates in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program AVID, that is designed to give support to students, particularly those in the academic middle, so that they can go to college and reach their fullest potential. It also serves to level the playing field for minority and low-income students, as well as students who may be the first in their families to potentially attend college.


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

There are several University scholarships that are designated for students who show financial need according to their processed FAFSA application. The definition of low income versus financial need may vary and need is one criteria that would be considered in awarding most scholarships.


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

General information sessions are held twice daily year around on campus. These information sessions include how-to's on navigating through the higher-ed application and student aid processes.


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

The Phoenix Start Program is an admissions program which works with students who show promise for success. These largely first generation and low-income students who do decide to come to UW - Green Bay continue to participate in this high-touch program where the receive advising and monitoring to achieve success. In addition, the campus American Intercultural Center works to recruit multi-cultural students from urban and inner city areas.


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

The Inclusive Excellence Project and the Equity Scorecard Projects both seek to share information to promote a broadly inclusive campus community and a focus on equitable outcomes for all learners, with a particular emphasis on low income, first generation and underrepresented students.

The admission programs and processes are very comprehensive, hands-on/high touch, accommodating and sensitive to individual needs.


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

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid early each year as some federal and state programs are limited in fainancial resoures so funds do run out. By applying early, students are giving themselves the best opportunity to be considered.

We have a wide variety of policies and specific programs. For example, the Gear UP program is for high need students who have been involved in specific programs in high school and have not transitioned to college. The Talent Incentive Program Grant is a combination state and federal program for high need students as well. Two relatively new programs in Wisconsin are the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars (FFWS) and the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation and/or Scholars Grant. The FFWS is privately funded by a generous donor and provides millions of dollars annually throughout the state to needy (Pell Grant eligible) students. The WI Covenant Foundation is part of the Wisconsin Covenant program this is privately funded and is for the highest need students. The Wisconsin Covenant Scholars (state funded) program is for specific students that signed a WI Covenant pledge and met other criteria. Some students will show need to get it while others may receive a smaller amount if they do not have need.


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

UW-Green Bay runs a local, award-winning program called Phuture Phoenix with the following goals and objectives:

To encourage at-risk students, starting at the fifth-grade level, to complete high school and attend college, thus boosting the percentage of NE Wisconsin graduates who continue onto college

To provide positive role models for at-risk students and allow UW-Green Bay students the opportunity to perform community service

To create a relationship between the community, university and area youth.

To provide fifth graders an opportunity to visit and experience their public university

To increase the number of pre-teens and young teens who view education as a path to a brighter future

To provide scholarships for Phuture Phoenix students who graduate from high school and attend UW-Green Bay


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:

ADULT DEGREE PROGRAM
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION Fall 2014

The following scholarships are designed to recognize nontraditional students who exhibit the maturity, motivation and determination to meet the challenges inherent in the Interdisciplinary Studies major. The award will be credited to tuition at the time of payment.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies Major.
• Evidence of maturity, motivation and determination to complete an Interdisciplinary Studies degree.
• Financial need.


 Elizabeth Eleanor Wyngaard Scholarship is offered to Interdisciplinary Studies Adult Degree Program students in memory of Betsy Wyngaard, a talented and loving young woman who re-chartered her academic course with the help of the Adult Degree Program. When heart failure ended her life suddenly at age 29, her family and friends designed the
scholarships to assist adult students who are trying to achieve their life goals in the face of busy lives and financial obstacles.

Two scholarships will be awarded: One $1,000 scholarship for a student enrolled for at least 12 credits and one $500
scholarship for students enrolled for at least 6 credits for the 2014-15 academic year. A student may receive this
scholarship two times during the period of eligibility.

 Patricia L. Hoppe Scholarship is offered to Interdisciplinary Studies Adult Degree Program students by the family and friends of Trish Hoppe. Trish was a vivacious and wonderful woman who was a student in the Adult Degree Program
(formerly Extended Degree Program). Cancer took Trish’s life before she could complete her degree. Before she passed away, she expressed her desire to help other adult students in the Adult Degree Program achieve their educational and career goals.

One $750 scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled for at least 6 credits in the for Fall 2014. A student may receive this scholarship two times during the period of eligibility.

 Rick and Susie Beverstein Scholarship is offered to pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies major in the Adult Degree Program. Rick and Susie have served as community advocates for UW-Green Bay for decades. Their support is university-wide and the establishment of their annual scholarship is an additional testimony of their commitment to UWGB.

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled for at least 6 credits in the for Fall 2014. A student may receive this scholarship two times during the period of eligibility. Applicants who are supporting a family while attending school will be given added consideration.


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:
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A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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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 33
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 47
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 74
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 25

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