Appendix Q

1/24/17

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

Annual Report on the Reserved Spaces Program

(Informational)

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 apply to and are reported from 2013 on over 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 2009-2012, the data refer to fall admissions only. For 2013-2016, actual reserved space use for both fall and for the full calendar year are shown. In 2016, 232 spaces were used in the spring, summer and fall, constituting 2.62 percent of the calendar year admissions.

Table 3 shows the proposed reserved space limits for 2016. 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

  • Charles Abdalla
  • Steven Andelin
  • Martha Aynardi
  • Daniel Beaver
  • Clark Brigger
  • Wei-fan Chen
  • Maura Ellsworth
  • Galen Grimes
  • Anna Griswold
  • Michel Haigh, Chair
  • Harold Hayford, Vice Chair
  • Robert Kubat
  • Themis Matsoukas
  • George Samuel
  • Frederic Weber
  • Douglas Wolfe

TABLE 1
RESERVED SPACES BY ADMISSION CATEGORY – SPRING, SUMMER, FALL 2016
UNIVERSITY PARK

TYPECAT. 1
(4.00-3.50)
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
0110204004
*SENATE APPROVED
Educ Opp Prog/CAMP
055510160016
SENATE APPROVED
Veterans
0000000000
SENATE APPROVED
Subtotal
066530200020
OTHER ACADEMIC
ROTC Scholars
0220004004
**OTHER ACADEMIC
Adm Review Comm
05119200720072
OTHER ACADEMIC
Subtotal
05321200760076
ADMINISTRATIVE
Athletes
036362713411607123
ADMINISTRATIVE
Team Sports
0100001001
ADMINISTRATIVE
Blue Band
0320005005
ADMINISTRATIVE
Vice President & Dean
0340007007
ADMINISTRATIVE
Subtotal
043422713412907136
TOTAL0102693416422507232
PERCENTAGE0.00%43.97%29.74%14.66%6.90%1.72%96.98%0.00%3.02%100.00%
TOTAL FRESHMEN9716197935117485827305888861
PERCENTAGE10.96%69.94%10.55%1.32%0.54%0.06%93.36%0.00%6.64%100.00%

*EOP/CAMP = Educational Opportunity Program/College Assistance Migrant Program
**Adm Review Comm = Admissions Review Committee
Source: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 11/28/16
Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education


TABLE 2
RESERVED SPACES – 9 YEAR COMPARISON
UNIVERSITY PARK

TYPE2009
Limit
Fall 09
Actual
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
SENATE APPROVED
Arts & Arch Talent
1051011071031012100010111044
*SENATE APPROVED
EOP/CAMP
10050705270587063755656753131752022751516
SENATE APPROVED
Veterans
1001001001001000100010001000
SENATE APPROVED
Subtotal
12055905390659066955758953131952123951920
OTHER ACADEMIC
ROTC Scholars
1510151115171561577155615881544
**OTHER ACADEMIC
Adm Review Comm
4045402540474073405694404068755887754372
OTHER ACADEMIC
Subtotal
55555536556455795563101554574906695904776
ADMINISTRATIVE
Athletes
1308413089140821408614072124140801391407314314067123
ADMINISTRATIVE
Team Sports
10910105755544545522511
ADMINISTRATIVE
Blue Band
1081091071041044106610561055
ADMINISTRATIVE
VP & Dean
25325325225025142514103101007
ADMINISTRATIVE
Subtotal
175104175111180981809518081136180911541658316116573136
TOTALS350214320200325227325240330201295330167259350170279350139232
NEW FRESHMEN-5298-5898-5866-6020-63268382-62898663-5756801365478861
Percentage-4.04%-3.39%-3.87%-3.99%-3.18%3.52%-2.66%2.99%-2.95%3.48%2.12%2.62%

*EOP/CAMP = Educational Opportunity Program/College Assistance Migrant Program
**Adm Review Comm = Admissions Review Committee
Source: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 11/28/16
Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education


RESERVED SPACES USED COMPARED TO
TOTAL FIRST-YEAR ADMISSION TO UP BY YEAR

January 24, 2017 Agenda, Appendix Q, Chart 1Bar chart above showing the number of reserved spaces used compared to total first-year admission to University Park by year from 2009 to 2016.

The years 2009 to 2012 reflect fall only, with 214 of the 5,298 first-year admissions in 2009; and 240 of the 6,020 first-year-admissions in 2012 admitted via reserved spaces.

The years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 reflect full-year (spring, summer, fall) admissions, with 295 of 8,382; 259 of 8,663; 279 of 8,013; and 232 of 8,861 first-year admissions in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 respectively, admitted via reserved spaces.


TABLE 3
Proposed Reserved Spaces Limits for 2016

-TYPELIMITS
Grand Total-350
Senate ApprovedA&A Talent (Architecture/Landscape Architecture)10
Senate ApprovedEducational Opportunity Program/College Assistance Migrant Program75
Senate ApprovedVeterans10
Senate ApprovedSubtotal95
Other AcademicROTC Scholars15
Other AcademicAdmissions Review Committee75
Other AcademicSubtotal90
AdministrativeAthletes: Varsity Sports140
AdministrativeAthletes: Team Sports5
AdministrativeBlue Band10
AdministrativeVP&D10
AdministrativeSubtotal165

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.