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HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING COMMISSION
OFFICE OF STUDENT ACCESS AND COMPLETION

 

DIVISION 76

ASPIRE PROGRAM

575-076-0005

Purpose and Scope

This rule implements the Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE) program. The program encourages all Oregon high school students to see education and training beyond high school as an option. The program provides information about financial aid and education and training options to students, school staff, community volunteers and families for this purpose.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348, 2007 HB 2729
Stats. Implemented:
Hist.: OSAC 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-07

575-076-0010

Definitions

(1) Applicant site. A site serving students in Oregon secondary schools that has completed all necessary material for consideration to become an ASPIRE site.

(2) ASPIRE Agreement. A document that outlines the responsibilities of both the ASPIRE Program and the ASPIRE site that is signed by designated representatives of OSAC and the site.

(3) ASPIRE Coordinator. A site designated staff person who oversees the ASPIRE Program.

(4) ASPIRE site. A site serving students in Oregon secondary schools that has been accepted into the ASPIRE program and is currently operating in the program.

(5) ASPIRE student. An Oregon secondary school student.

(6) Commission. The Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC).

(7) Partnership Grants. General Funds or Other Funds that are awarded to an ASPIRE site for the purpose of funding an ASPIRE Coordinator. The site may be required to require a matching grant amount to fully fund the ASPIRE Coordinator.

(8) Volunteer advisor. A volunteer who works with individual ASPIRE students at an ASPIRE site.

(9) Waiting list. A list maintained by OSAC of applicant schools that have met the standards for acceptance into the ASPIRE program but which cannot yet be accommodated in the program owing to availability of funds, staffing or other factors limiting participation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348, 2007 HB 2729
Stats. Implemented:
Hist.: OSAC 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-07

575-076-0015

Application/Selection Procedures

The Commission shall establish an application procedure for potential ASPIRE sites. This procedure shall provide:

(1) Appropriate, timely notification to all potentially eligible sites.

(2) Information on ASPIRE training and technical assistance, Partnership Grants, or other grant assistance available.

(3) Information on the responsibilities of the participating ASPIRE sites.

(4) An equitable system through which applicant sites are evaluated for potential participation in ASPIRE based upon the quality of the applicant site in terms of meeting the purposes of the law. This process will include but is not limited to an evaluation of:

(a) Evaluation of current programs and practices that encourage students' pursuit of post-secondary opportunities.

(b) Evaluation of administrative support demonstrated by the designation and support of an ASPIRE Coordinator, space and technical resources

(c) Demonstrated experience with volunteer management

(d) Evaluation of school need demonstrated by such indicators as: Drop out rates, percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, and attendance rates

(e) Percentage of graduating seniors seeking education and/or training after high school including percentages of students who are traditionally underrepresented

(5) Timely notification of successful applicant schools in order to allow sites adequate preparation time for ASPIRE operation.

(6) An appropriate waiting list for sites.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348, 2007 HB 2729
Stats. Implemented:
Hist.: OSAC 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-07

575-076-0025

Conditions of Participation

(1) The Commission shall establish conditions required for sites to participate in the ASPIRE program and monitor these conditions:

(2) Students or their legal guardian, if the student is under 18 years of age must sign a student participation agreement.

(3) Volunteer Advisors are recruited and screened including a background check by the participating site. OSAC ASPIRE staff and the each ASPIRE Coordinator will set targets for the site's ASPIRE program outputs and outcomes.

(4) Other OSAC conditions that are included in the ASPIRE Agreement.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348, 2007 HB 2729
Stats. Implemented:
Hist.: OSAC 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-07

575-076-0030

Financial Administration

ASPIRE funds shall be managed according to legislative instruction, requirements of grantors and State of Oregon standards. Funds disbursed to ASPIRE sites are subject to subsequent audit by the Commission.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348, 2007 HB 2729
Stats. Implemented:
Hist.: OSAC 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-07

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