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Title: Access and Diversity in Florida Higher Education: Financial Access


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Access and Diversity in Florida Higher
Education Financial Access Student Tracking
and Advising
  • Student Affairs Committee and
  • The Governors Access and
  • Diversity Commission
  • www.flbog.org/accessanddiversity

April 27, 2006
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AGENDA
  • Welcome, Approval of Minutes, Meeting
    Objectives.
  • Student Tracking and Advising Systems.
  • Early-Commitment Financial Aid and Related
    Promise Programs.
  • Working with Foundations to Increase Access to
    and Diversity in Florida Higher Education.
  • Legislative Update and Discussion.
  • Discussion of Recommendations for Final Report.

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Student Advising Tracking Systems
  • Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for
    Students - www.FACTS.org.
  • Automated Tracking Systems.
  • Mandatory Advisement Meetings.
  • Predictive Models for Identifying At-Risk
    Students.
  • Tracking Students at Small vs. Large
    Institutions.
  • Tracking Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students.

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Early-Commitment Financial Aid Programs
  • Make a guarantee of financial aid for
    postsecondary education.
  • Include aid that is designed only for
    economically disadvantaged students.
  • Enroll students in elementary, middle school, or
    early high school.
  • Early results -- higher rates of postsecondary
    enrollment increased chance of attending a
    four-year institution higher second-year
    persistence in college higher six-year
    graduation rate.

Blanco, C.D. (2005) Early Commitment Financial
Aid Programs Promises, Practices and Politics.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher
Education.
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Early-Commitment Financial Aid Programs
  • Examples Indianas 21st Century Scholars
    Program Oklahomas Higher Learning Access
    Program Floridas Project STARS.
  • Requirements may include
  • Student commitment.
  • Graduation from a high school in the state.
  • Achievement of a minimum HS GPA.
  • Successful completion of a core curriculum or
    specific coursework.
  • No use of illegal drugs or alcohol or involvement
    in criminal activity.
  • Application to a public, and sometimes a private,
    postsecondary institution in the state.
  • Submission of a federal and state financial aid
    application form.
  • Participation in support activities for students
    selected to be in the early commitment program.

Blanco, C.D. (2005) Early Commitment Financial
Aid Programs Promises, Practices and Politics.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher
Education.
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Related Promise and Last Dollar Financial Aid
Programs
  • Princeton University No-Loans Policy.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill - Carolina Covenant.
  • University of Virginia AccessVA.
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission Guaranteed
    Access Grant.
  • Arizona State University ASU Advantage.
  • University of Minnesota Founders Opportunity
    Scholarship.
  • University of New Hampshire Affordable College
    Effort.
  • Others.

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Promise Programs Some Decision Points
  • Target Population.
  • Recipient/Participant Requirements.
  • Award Decisions.
  • Expectations While Enrolled.

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Working with Foundations to Increase Access to
and Diversity in Florida Higher Education
  • Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid
  • National Imperative Work together to forge
    creative new public-private partnerships that
    guarantee access to low- and moderate-income
    students through transparency, simplicity, and
    certainty.

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Guiding Principles for Best Practice
  • Student-Centered.
  • Cost-Effective.
  • Collaborative.
  • Sustainable.
  • Replicable.
  • Accountable/Measurable.

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Elements of Successful Programs
  • Early Exposure to College.
  • Effective Marketing.
  • Family Involvement.
  • Academic Intervention.
  • Exam Preparation.
  • Financial Access.
  • Assistance Navigating Admissions.
  • Transition Programs.
  • Effective Advising Networks.
  • Redundant Early Warning Systems.
  • Mentoring.
  • Learning Support Resources.
  • Peer Support.
  • Supportive Residential Living Environments.
  • Coordinated Services.
  • Diverse Faculty and Staff Who Are Accessible and
    Helpful.

ACCOUNTABLE!
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George Kuh, et al, 2005, Student Success in
College.
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