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Goal 2 - Community Engagement

Kutztown University will partner with the community to serve the needs of the people of the commonwealth and the region.

Objective 2.1

Closing the Access Gap for Pell Recipients by 20%

The university's recruitment efforts have been successful in the past in improving the enrollment of a representative number of Pell grant recipients. It is anticipated that this success will continue and the university will meet this objective throughout the period of the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan.

2013-14 Actions
• The university will develop a comprehensive financial aid program, utilizing a variety of internal and external resources, to improve student access and success.

Prior year results:
The university was successful in closing the freshmen access gap for Pell grant recipients, as we surpassed the goal of 10.05% for the Fall 2011 cohort class with an actual gap of 8.73%. This equates to 32 Pell recipient enrollments above the target of 660 additional Pell recipient freshmen. Note that this is an inverse measure and a smaller gap represents a positive result.


Objective 2.2

Closing the Access Gap for underrepresented minority students by 20%

The university's recruitment efforts have been successful in the past in improving the enrollment of a representative number of underrepresented minority students. It is anticipated that this success will continue and the university will meet this objective throughout the period of the Strategic Plan.

2013-14 Actions
• The university will develop a comprehensive financial aid program, utilizing a variety of internal and external resources, to improve student access and success.

Prior year results:
The university was successful in closing the freshmen access gap for underrepresented minority students, as we surpassed the goal of 5.81% for the Fall 2011 cohort class with an actual gap of 3.06%. This equates to 55 underrepresented enrollments above the target of 327 additional underrepresented freshmen. Note that this is an inverse measure and a smaller gap represents a positive result.


Objective 2.3

Closing the Access Gap for transfer students who are Pell Recipients by 20%

Although the university has not focused on recruiting transfer students who are Pell recipients, it will improve its recruitment and enrollment processes as a way to support the achievement of this objective.

2013-14 Actions
• Academic and Student Affairs will work with community college transfer coordinators to better align curricula.
• The university will develop a comprehensive financial aid program, utilizing a variety of internal and external resources, to improve student access and success.

Prior year results:
The university was successful in closing the transfer access gap for Pell grant recipients as the target of enrolling 350 transfer Pell recipients was surpassed by 15 students, to show a total enrollment of 365. Note that this is an inverse measure and a smaller gap represents a positive result.


Objective 2.4

Closing the Access Gap for transfer students who are underrepresented minority by 20%

Traditionally, the university has not focused on recruiting transfer students who are underrepresented minorities, although we have experienced an increase in the transfer student population over the past several years. The university will focus on improving its recruitment and enrollment processes as a way to support the achievement of this objective.

2013-14 Actions
• The university will develop a comprehensive financial aid program, utilizing a variety of internal and external resources, to improve student access and success.

Prior year results:
The university was successful in closing the transfer access gap for underrepresented minority students, as we surpassed the goal of 5.02% for the Fall 2011 cohort class with an actual gap of 3.97%. This equates to 9 enrollments above the target of 147 additional underrepresented transfer enrollments. Note that this is an inverse measure and a smaller gap represents a positive result.