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Board Report #02-7

2000-2001 Academic Excellence Scholarship Program
Annual Report and Survey Results

 

July 31, 2001
TO: The Honorable Brian Burke, Co-Chair
Joint Committee on Finance
State Capitol, Room 316S
Madison, WI 53701
The Honorable John Gard, Co-Chair
Joint Committee on Finance
State Capitol, Room 315N
Madison, WI 53701
Dear Senator Burke and Representative Gard:

Enclosed is the 2000-2001 Annual Status Report for the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) Program. Submission of this report is in compliance with Section 39.41(7) of the Wisconsin Statutes which requires a yearly report regarding the AES Program be developed and provided to the Joint Committee on Finance. In addition to presenting final 2000-2001 data, preliminary data is included for the freshmen who will enroll during the 2001-2002 academic year as the 12th class of scholars since the inception of the program.

If you have any questions about this report or about the AES Program, please feel free to contact me by phone at 264-6181 or by e-mail at jane.hojan-clark@heab.state.wi.us.

Sincerely,

Jane Hojan-Clark
Executive Secretary

 

2000-2001
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Annual Status Report

2000-2001 was the fifth year that the $2,250 cap was placed on the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) freshmen recipients. There were 763 freshman scholars under this cap requirement utilizing $836,276 of the program's funds. In 1999-2000, 736 freshman scholars required $802,587 to fund their scholarships. The award cap was initiated to control spending. Now that the tuition cap has been in place for five years, increases in program spending, due to tuition increases, have stabilized. Cost per freshman was $1,090 in 1999-2000. In 2000-2001, cost per freshman was $1,097. Please note that $1,125 of the $2,250 per student scholarship is funded by the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) AES appropriation. The college or university the recipient attends funds the other $1,125. HEAB continues to give attention to any possible trends that reflect that the cap is discouraging students from accepting the scholarship.

Criteria described in the statute for alternate students was modified, effective for the 2000-2001 academic year. Prior to the statutory change, a student could be considered an alternate only if he or she had the same cumulative grade point average (GPA) as the student(s) designated as recipients of the scholarship. The modification to the statute allows for the naming of a student with the next highest cumulative GPA as an alternate, if the high school uses a weighted grading system. As of July 15, 2001 there were 79 more scholars named as alternates for the 2001-2002 academic year than there were at the end of the 2000-2001 academic year.

Seven tables are attached showing the final figures for 2000-2001 along with preliminary data for 2001-2002.

 

TABLE I
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN INSTITUTIONS
2000-2001 ACADEMIC YEAR
University Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
UW Madison 383 313 343 349 1,388 $1,514,250
UW Milwaukee 37 23 24 22 106 $113,481
UW Green Bay 19 11 10 11 51 $55,687
UW Parkside 6 4 3 3 16 $16,875
UW Colleges 6 10 2   18 $18,282
UW Eau Claire 38 27 34 30 129 $138,375
UW La Crosse 35 29 42 28 134 $147,372
UW Oshkosh 11 13 12 14 50 $52,829
UW Platteville 16 25 20 22 83 $83,813
UW River Falls 10 17 7 7 41 $43,313
UW Stevens Point 26 30 17 28 101 $111,938
UW Stout 10 10 8 8 36 $38,813
UW Superior 4 5 1 2 12 $12,937
UW Whitewater 13 17 12 20 62 $66,375
UW Total 614 534 535 544 2,227 $2,414,340

TABLE II
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS
WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGES
2000-2001 ACADEMIC YEAR
Technical
College
Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
Moraine Park 1       1 $395
Northeast Wisconsin 2       2 $1,836
Western Wisconsin     1   1 $885
Madison Area       1 1 $1,089
Milwaukee Area 3       3 $1,607
Mid-State   1     1 $515
Wisconsin Indianhead 1 1 1   3 $1,865
WTC Total 7 2 2 1 12 $8,192

  Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
UW & WTC Total 621 536 537 545 2,239 $2,422,532

TABLE III
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS
INDEPENDENT COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
2000-2001 ACADEMIC YEAR
College or
University
Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
Alverno College   2 1   3 $3,375
Beloit College 4 3 1 2 10 $11,250
Cardinal Stritch University 1 1 2   4 $4,500
Carroll College 15 8 8 8 39 $42,189
Carthage College 1 2 4 1 8 $9,000
Edgewood College 4 1   1 6 $6,750
Lakeland College 2 1 2   5 $5,625
Lawrence University 12 7 9 8 36 $40,313
Marian College 1 1 1 2 5 $5,063
Marquette University 39 44 26 27 126 $149,060
Milwaukee School
of Engineering
17 7 8 5 37 $40,125
Mt. Mary College 1 2 1   4 $3,934
Mt. Senario College     1   1 $1,125
Northland College 2     1 3 $3,375
Ripon College 5 9 5 4 23 $25,313
St. Norbert College 19 12 12 14 57 $61,877
Viterbo University 4 4 2 5 15 $16,312
Concordia University 3 5 1 3 12 $12,938
Milwaukee Institute
of Art & Design
1       1 $563
Wisconsin Lutheran College 9 4 2 2 17 $19,125
Maranatha Baptist Bible College 2 3 1   6 $6,750
Bellin College of Nursing     1 2 3 $3,375
Independent Total 142 116 88 85 431 $471,937

  Freshman
Scholars
Sophomore
Scholars
Junior
Scholars
Senior
Scholars
Total
Scholars
Scholarship
Amount
Grand Total
UW-WTC-Indep.
763 652 625 630 2,670 $2,894,469

PLEASE NOTE: Tables I, II, and III show actual net spent amounts and the scholars with those net spent amounts.

TABLE IV
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS RECEIVING STATE GRANTS
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AND WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE INSTITUTIONS
2000-2001 ACADEMIC YEAR
University Total
Scholars
Applied
for Aid
State Aid
Eligible
Average
Contribution
Average
AGI
State Aid
Amount
HEAB AES
Amount
UW Madison 1,423 586 96 $763 $21,863 $125,305 $1,582,875
UW Milwaukee 107 62 14 $706 $22,630 $22,640 $117,563
UW Green Bay 52 31 10 $955 $27,981 $13,595 $56,813
UW Parkside 16 9 2 $157 $18,897 $3,079 $17,438
UW Colleges 19 0 0 - - - $19,688
UW Eau Claire 129 63 13 $1,226 $24,686 $17,912 $142,313
UW La Crosse 135 80 13 $733 $32,423 $16,387 $150,187
UW Oshkosh 51 29 8 $1,013 $28,316 $7,953 $54,000
UW Platteville 84 42 7 $916 $22,960 $7,298 $88,875
UW River Falls 44 23 7 $1,248 $25,257 $8,234 $47,250
UW Stevens Point 101 52 16 $904 $24,350 $20,311 $111,938
UW Stout 38 20 9 $1,174 $12,956 $7,971 $41,625
UW Superior 13 6 1 $0 $14,313 $2,750 $14,063
UW Whitewater 62 28 6 $893 $27,402 $7,623 $66,375
UW Total 2,274 1,031 202 $852 $23,389 $261,058 $2,511,003
 
WTC Total 17 8 6 $3,500 $29,849 $3,540 $18,000
 
Total
UW & WTC
2,291 1,039 208 $929 $23,576 $264,598 $2,529,003
PLEASE NOTE: In 2000-2001 the WHEG formula was changed from a dual formula for independent and dependent students to a single formula for all students.

TABLE V
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARS RECEIVING STATE GRANTS
INDEPENDENT COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
2000-2001 ACADEMIC YEAR
College or
University
Total
Scholars
Applied
for Aid
State Aid
Eligible
Average
Contribution
Average
AGI
State Aid
Amount
HEAB AES
Amount
Alverno College 3 2 2 $3,109 $38,630 $4,600 $3,375
Beloit College 10 10 9 $3,211 $36,668 $20,700 $11,250
Cardinal Stritch University 4 3 2 $2,130 $45,559 $4,600 $4,500
Carroll College 39 33 28 $4,679 $43,606 $64,163 $42,751
Carthage College 8 6 6 $6,479 $57,997 $13,800 $9,000
Edgewood College 6 5 5 $4,435 $52,635 $11,500 $6,750
Lakeland College 5 4 3 $5,585 $8,048 $5,966 $5,625
Lawrence University 36 31 25 $7,100 $62,744 $56,736 $40,500
Marian College 5 3 3 $5,566 $46,937 $5,270 $5,625
Marquette University 139 111 77 $5,539 $48,736 $177,761 $155,812
Milwaukee School
of Engineering
38 33 27 $6,694 $50,663 $58,261 $42,750
Mt. Mary College 4 4 2 $7,136 $41,960 $3,728 $3,937
Mt. Senario College 1 1 1 $2,035 $6,577 $2,300 $1,125
Northland College 3 3 3 $3,255 $41,413 $8,700 $3,375
Ripon College 23 19 16 $3,854 $45,530 $36,193 $25,875
St. Norbert College 60 36 35 $5,333 $48,445 $85,900 $66,938
Viterbo University 16 12 7 $5,505 $49,597 $16,992 $17,438
Concordia University 13 9 8 $5,252 $62,691 $17,730 $14,625
Milwaukee Institute
of Art & Design
1 1 1 $0 $18,402 $2,300 $1,125
Wisconsin Lutheran College 17 12 7 $6,087 $58,189 $15,694 $19,125
Maranatha Baptist Bible College 7 6 5 $2,128 $34,197 $11,844 $7,875
Bellin College of Nursing 3 3 3 $7,714 $58,250 $6,368 $3,375
Total 441 347 275 $5,386 $48,721 $631,106 $492,751

  Total
Scholars
Applied
for Aid
State Aid
Eligible
Average
Contribution
Average
AGI
State Aid
Amount
HEAB AES
Amount
Grand Total
UW-WTC-Indep.
2,732 1,386 483 $3,466 $37,893 $895,704 $3,021,754

PLEASE NOTE: Tables IV and V show scholars and amounts awarded.
The final column is the amount of AES that HEAB provides. The institutions match this amount to fully fund the scholars.

TABLE VI
GENERAL SCHOLAR DATA
  1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01
Total Scholarships Available 3,244 3,294 3,324 3,373
Total Scholars Enrolled In-State 2,496 2,586 2,723 2,670
Total Feshman Scholarships Available 827 838 847 861
Scholars Enrolled as Freshmen 671 697 699 766
Alternate Scholarship Recipients 59 75 69 148
% of Eligible Freshmen Enrolled In-State 81% 82% 83% 89%

TABLE VII
PRELIMINARY DATA
2001-2002 FRESHMAN SCHOLARS
AS OF JULY 19, 2001
Total Scholarships Available 861
Alternate Scholarships (of 861 Available Scholarships) 104
Total Scholars Enrolled in Wisconsin Institutions 667
Percentage of Scholars Enrolled in Wisconsin Institutions 77%
Scholars Enrolled in UW System Institutions 548
Scholars Enrolled in Independent Colleges 112
Scholars Enrolled in WTC Institutions 7
Scholars Enrolled in Non-Wisconsin Institutions 150
Scholars Who Have Not Yet Specified Which College 145

 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP SURVEY

A survey sent to students who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in the spring of 2001 and who should have entered a post-secondary school in the fall of 2001 reflected the following:

Of the 994 students who have been offered the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) as original recipients or as alternates, 816 have sent responses to our request for information on where they are attending college. Of the 816, 129 were alternates.

708 have informed us they are attending a participating Wisconsin School.
105 have informed us they are attending an out-of-state school.

Responses:

Question 1: Did the AES influence your decision to attend a Wisconsin school rather than an out-of-state school?

  Yes No
Independent Colleges/Universities 56 66
Technical Colleges 4 8
University of Wisconsin 312 261
Total 372 335

Question 2: Did the AES influence you to attend a different WI school than you had originally planned?

  Yes No
Independent Colleges/Universities 10 111
Technical Colleges 2 10
University of Wisconsin 34 541
Total 46 662

Question 3: Did the AES allow you to attend college when you otherwise may not have?

  Yes No
Independent Colleges/Universities 34 87
Technical Colleges 7 5
University of Wisconsin 57 518
Total 98 610

Students who first received the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES) as freshmen in 1997-98 were surveyed at the end of their fourth year in college. Surveys were sent to 939 students. The three main questions asked of them were concerned with the school the students attended, whether receiving the AES had an impact on the student's choice of school, and whether the student plans to remain in Wisconsin to pursue his or her career.

Students responding to date total 335.

Totals attending each type of institution are shown in the tables below.

Results of questions about the influenc of the AES are:

Question 1: Did receiving the AES affect your decision on which college to attend?

  Yes No Total
Independent Colleges/Universities 23 16 39
Technical Colleges   2 2
University of Wisconsin 172 60 232
Out of State Colleges 3 59 62
Total 198 137 335

Question 2: Do you plan to be a Wisconsin resident for most of your career?

  Yes No Not Sure Total
Independent Colleges/Universities 67 41 19 127
Technical Colleges 67 18 16 101
University of Wisconsin 28 8 3 39
Out of State Colleges 10 34 12 56
Total 174 101 50 325

 

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