US Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant
A Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant is designed to help eligible institutions of higher education become self-sufficient. These grants also serve low-income students by providing funds that improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions. Find more information on Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant funding.
Title III Grant Program Overview
Transition Programs and Early-Alert for First-Time Students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake In 2013, UHCL secured a five year $1.7M Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from the United States Department of Education. The purpose of this grant is to complement existing services to students by assisting with engaging first-time and transfer students with less than 60 hours. Ultimately the program will improve retention and graduation rates among all UHCL students, particularly those who are high-needs. The grant funding supports library resources, training materials, student assessments, and faculty development. In collaboration with QEP endeavors, the grant also coordinates educational programming such as the First-Year Experience (with Freshman Seminar and Learning Communities) and Transfer Seminar which are designed to help retain students and see them through program completion.
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Title III Grant Program Goals
- Increase student engagement with the university;
- Establish strong retention rates for first-time students and increase retention rates for transfer students, particularly those who are high-need;
- Establish strong graduation rates for first-time students and increase graduation for transfer students, particularly those who are high-need.
- Develop Culture of Evidence for continual, coherent assessment of student success and timely feedback for intervention.
- Improve financial stability by providing infrastructure to increase student engagement and retention, leading to an increase in number of students ultimately graduating.
Title III Grant Program Activities
- The development of Transition Programs to connect transfer as well as first-time students with UHCL.
- To “close the loop” in student data tracking, management, and interpretation throughout UHCL by establishing an early-alert system for the continual assessment of student success and timely feedback leading to intervention.
Title III External Evaluator
- Ruffalo Noel Levitz LCC
- Daniella DeLaRue, Title III Grant Program Coordinator, 281-283-3051
- Dr. Steven J. Berberich, Title III Grant Project Director, 281-283-3000
- Dr. Darlene Biggers, Title III Grant Project Co-Director, 281-283-3037