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Project Title:Frostburg State University Associate Degree Scholars AwardInstitution Name:Frostburg State University Innovation Category:Student Success Project Director:Wray Blair, Associate Vice President for Enrollment ManagementContact Information:(301) 687-4401, wnblair@frostburg.eduWebsite:http://www.frostburg.edu/news/searchnewsdt.cfm?id_number=6472
Project Description:The Associate Degree Scholars Award is designed to ease the cost of the last two years of a bachelor’s degree for high-achieving community college graduates, a group that traditionally has been successful academically at FSU, but which often experiences added financial burdens. The scholarship is awarded to graduates from any Maryland community college or Potomac State College of West Virginia University, with an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts in Teaching degree and a cumulative 3.0 grade point average. The award is administered and awarded by the Office of Admissions and funded by the University.
Objectives:

The main objectives of this initiative are to:

·         Bring tuition costs for a transfer student’s final two years of a bachelor’s degree closer to that of a community college with an award of up to $1,250 per semester, with the intention of improving their chances of graduation.

·         Enroll more high-achieving transfer students while providing them with honor and recognition.

·         Strengthen our relationship with our community college partners.

 

The objectives will be evaluated based on the number of awards granted, associate degree holders enrolled, and our overall transfer student enrollment.

 

Outcomes:

This award is very new (October 2011), so little quantifiable data is available to date. So far:

 

Six students received the award for spring 2012. (Fall enrollment data will not be available until official enrollment is captured in September. Awards for the fall semester will not be issued until applicants’ community college transcripts are certified after the spring semester.)

 

We anticipate a larger cohort of award recipients in the fall semester of 2012, based on the increase in inquiries received regarding the award. In addition, trend data indicates an 8 percent increase in paid deposits from transfer students this spring.

Challenges/Problems Encountered:

This award is very new (October 2011), so little quantifiable data is available to date. So far:

 

Six students received the award for spring 2012. (Fall enrollment data will not be available until official enrollment is captured in September. Awards for the fall semester will not be issued until applicants’ community college transcripts are certified after the spring semester.)

 

We anticipate a larger cohort of award recipients in the fall semester of 2012, based on the increase in inquiries received regarding the award. In addition, trend data indicates an 8 percent increase in paid deposits from transfer students this spring.

Evaluation Approach:

The Enrollment Management Committee and the Office of Admissions will continue to monitor and assess this program as future transfer classes enroll at the institution. Success will be determined by an increase in community college transfers, a group identified by the Enrollment Management Committee as a priority for recruitment.

  

Potential for Replication:

Other institutions replicate this community college transfer scholarship program would need to take the following into consideration:

·         Transfer requirements between community colleges and your institution, and how many community colleges would be included in the program.

·         The grade point average of the cohort you seek to attract.

·         The number of students the program would attract and the balance between reduced tuition revenue on the operating budget and the increase in transfer student enrollment. 

  

CEO-to-CEO Contact:Dr. Jonathan Gibralter , President(301) 687-4111
jgibralter@frostburg.edu
Date Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012