Appendix G

1/23/18

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID

Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program

(Informational)

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Introduction

“Reserved Spaces” are admission spaces reserved at University Park for eligible first-year students with special needs or talents that cannot be met at Commonwealth Campus locations and whose evaluation indices (EI) do not meet the applicable University Park admission criteria.  These students contribute to the educational and cultural life and diversity of the University Park campus.

Information

Table 1 shows the distribution of admissions through the Reserved Spaces program by each EI category.  The spaces are organized into three types:  Senate Approved, Other Academic, and Administrative.  The Glossary at the end of the report describes the groups under each type.

In the past, including students entering up to 2012, the limits or targets approved by the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid applied to fall admissions only.  Because of the increased use of spring and summer as the initial term for many of the new incoming students, the allocated reserved spaces for the years following 2012 are reported for a full calendar year.

Table 2 provides limits for each type and group of students and the number of reserved spaces actually used.  The graph that follows compares the number of reserved spaces to the total first-year admissions at University Park.  On both the chart and graph, for the years 2010-2012, the data refer to fall admissions only.  For 2013-2017, actual reserved space use for fall alone and for the full calendar year are shown.  In 2017, a total of 226 spaces were used in the spring, summer and fall, constituting 2.75% of the calendar year admissions.

Table 3 shows the proposed reserved space limits for 2017.  The spaces utilized by EOP/CAMP have been lower in recent years due to expiration of funding for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).  However, we recommend keeping the current limit in place, as it is anticipated that we will apply for restored funding in the next cycle.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID

  • Steven Andelin
  • Victoria Braithwaite
  • Clark Brigger
  • Wei-fan Chen
  • Anna Griswold
  • Harold Hayford, Vice Chair
  • James Jaap
  • Robert Kubat
  • Maura Shea
  • Shuang Shen
  • Jake Springer
  • Darryl Thomas
  • Mary Beth Williams, Chair
  • Douglas Wolfe

TABLE 1
RESERVED SPACES BY ADMISSION CATEGORY – SPRING, SUMMER, FALL 2017
UNIVERSITY PARK

TYPE (Evaluation Index)CAT. 1
(4.0-3.50)
CAT. 2
(3.49-3.00)
CAT. 3
(2.99-2.75)
CAT. 4
(2.74-2.50)
CAT. 5
(2.49-2.25
CAT. 6
(2.24-2.00)
CAT. 1-6
(4.00-2.00)
CAT. 7-10
(1.99-.01)
NO CAT.TOTAL
SENATE APPROVED:
Arts & Arch Talent
0202105005
SENATE APPROVED:
*Educ Opp Prog/CAMP
029800190019
SENATE APPROVED:
Veterans
0000000000
SENATE APPROVED:
Subtotal
0491010240024
OTHER ACADEMIC:
ROTC Scholars
0430007007
OTHER ACADEMIC:
**Adm Review Comm
13719330630063
OTHER ACADEMIC:
Subtotal
14122330700070
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Athletes
2363322132108010118
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Team Sports
0120104004
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Blue Band
0510006006
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Vice President & Dean
0300104004
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Subtotal
2453622152122010132
TOTAL3906735192216010226
PERCENTAGE (TOTAL)1.33%39.82%29.65%15.49%8.41%0.88%95.58%0%4.42%100%
TOTAL FIRST YEAR STUDENTS10945806746106223777704348211
PERCENTAGE (FIRST YEAR STUDENTS)13.32%70.71%9.09%1.29%0.27%0.04%94.71%0%5.29%100%

*EOP/CAMP = Educational Opportunity Program/College Assistance Migrant Program
**Adm Review Comm = Admissions Review Committee

Source: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 11/28/17
Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education


TABLE 2
RESERVED SPACES – 9 YEAR COMPARISON
UNIVERSITY PARK

TYPE (Evaluation Index)2010
Limit
Fall 10
Actual
2011
Limit
Fall 11
Actual
2012
Limit
Fall 12
Actual
2013
Limit
Fall
Actual
2013
Actual
2014
Limit
Fall
Actual
2014
Actual
2015
Limit
Fall
Actual
2015
Actual
2016
Limit
Fall
Actual
2016
Actual
2017
Limit
Fall
Actual
2017
Actual
SENATE APPROVED:
Arts & Arch Talent
10110710310121000101110441045
SENATE APPROVED:
*Educ Opp Prog/CAMP
705270587063755656753131752022751516751919
SENATE APPROVED:
Veterans
10010010010001000100010001000
SENATE APPROVED:
Subtotal
905390659066955758953131952123951920952324
OTHER ACADEMIC:
ROTC Scholars
1511151715615771556158815441577
OTHER ACADEMIC:
**Adm Review Comm
402540474073405694404068755887754372753563
OTHER ACADEMIC:
Subtotal
5536556455795563101554574906695904776904270
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Athletes
1308914082140861407212414080139140731431406712314054118
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Team Sports
10105755544545522511534
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Blue Band
10910710410441066105610551066
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Vice President & Dean
253252250251425141031010071014
ADMINISTRATIVE:
Subtotal
17511118098180951808113618091154165831611657313616564132
TOTALS320200325227328240330201295330167259350170279350139232350129226
NEW FIRST YEAR STUDENTS-5898-5866-6020-63268682-62898663-57568013-56478861-59348211
PERCENTAGE-3.39%-3.87%-3.99%-3.18%3.52%-2.66%2.99%-2.958%3.48%-2.12%2.62%-2.17%2.75%

Reserved Spaces Used Compared to
Total First-year Admission to UP by Year
Note: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 reflect full-year admissions (spring, summer, fall).

Senate Agenda, Appendix G, As described below: Image 1Bar chart showing the number of reserved spaces used compared to total first-year admission to University Park by year from 2010 to 2017.

The years 2010 to 2012 reflect fall only, with 200 of the 5898 first year admissions in 2010 and 240 of the 6020 first-year-admissions in 2012 admitted via reserved spaces.

The years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 reflect full-year (spring, summer, fall) admissions, with 295 of 8382; 259 of 8663; 279 of 8013; 232 of 8861 and 226 of 8211 first-year admissions in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively, admitted via reserved spaces.


TABLE 3
Proposed Reserved Spaces Limits for 2017

_TypeLimits
_GRAND TOTAL350
SENATE APPROVEDA & A Talent (Architecture/Landscape Architecture)10
SENATE APPROVEDEducational Opportunity Program/College Assistance Migrant Program75
SENATE APPROVEDVeterans10
_SUBTOTAL95
OTHER ACADEMICROTC Scholars15
OTHER ACADEMICAdmissions Review Committee75
_SUBTOTAL90
ADMINISTRATIVEAthletes: Varsity Sports140
ADMINISTRATIVEAthletes: Team Sports5
ADMINISTRATIVEBlue Band10
ADMINISTRATIVEVP&D10
_SUBTOTAL165

Glossary of Terms for the Reserved Spaces Report

Arts and Architecture Talent Review:

The College of Arts and Architecture recommends up to ten exceptionally talented freshman applications for admission to the Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs each year.  Applicants interested in pursuing special talent admission are required to submit a representative portfolio of their creative art work relevant to architectural studies, which will be reviewed by the appropriate faculty.  Portfolios are being accepted between January 1 and February 15.

Admissions Review Committee:

Individual student appeal of an admissions decision based upon additional information, credentials, or extenuating situations that were not considered in the initial decision.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP):

Spaces reserved to provide access and retention to low-income Pennsylvania students.  Student may not meet regular admission criteria for his or her selected campus.  Student must meet financial guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for low income families.  Decisions are made in the Undergraduate Admissions Office in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP):

Reserved spaces for students accessing Penn State through the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), a federally funded program designed to assist first-year college students from migrant and seasonal farm worker families pursue higher education.  Decisions are made in the Undergraduate Admissions Office in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity.

Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education:

Final level of appeal for an admission decision based upon extenuating circumstances, additional information, changes in credentials, etc. not considered in prior decisions.