UNT becomes the first university in Dallas-Fort Worth region to sign College Board's commitment

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas has become the first college or university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to sign the College Board's commitment to students from low-income families.

President Gretchen M. Bataille signed the College Board's CollegeKeys Compact to reassert UNT's commitment to supporting first-generation students, students from underrepresented populations and students from low-income families. 

"UNT has long been committed to ensuring a higher education is available to every bright student who wants to work to earn one," Bataille said. "Joining the CollegeKeys compact is simply another way that we will be able to keep top-quality higher education within reach of all students."

The College Board is best known for its administration of the SAT college entrance exam and the PSAT, and CLEP tests. A not-for-profit membership association founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations.

By becoming a CollegeKeys partner, UNT agreed to the following statements of belief:

  • All students are capable of being prepared for college and educators, families, communities, and policymakers have the responsibility to ensure that all students, including those from low-income backgrounds, graduate from high school ready for college success.
  • All qualified students from low-income backgrounds should receive particular consideration in recruitment, admissions, and financial aid, and colleges and universities should make every effort to meet the financial needs of this population in ways that make enrollment and full participation in the college experience possible.
  • Colleges and universities have a responsibility to provide essential academic support, financial aid, and targeted social and emotional support to ensure that all enrolled students will have every chance to succeed in their chosen academic programs.

UNT has six months from the signing of the compact to complete a self-assessment and inventory of its programs that support UNT's commitment to low-income students.  Based on its self-assessment, the university will determine the necessity for new programs or reorganization of current programs. 

In a national listing of colleges and universities committed to making higher education accessible to all students, the College Board recognized UNT as one of 44 institutions that have made a substantial commitment to low-income students. This recognition is due largely to programs like the Emerald Eagle Scholars, which serves academically talented students with limited financial resources, and the TRIO Center for Student Development, which helps low-income students enter and graduate from college.

For more information, contact Sarah Collins at sarahcollins@unt.edu or 940-565-4602.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108