Title III

Title III

Title III Grant – U.S. Dept. of Education Strengthening Institutions Program

On July 2, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Eastern would receive a $1.5 million Title III grant over five years to improve retention and progress to graduation for low-income, minority and first-generation college students.

The Title III grant is a first for public four-year universities in Connecticut. This grant provides approximately one quarter of the funding for the Academic Services Center to support improved advising and tutoring services for Eastern’s students, within the Student Success Center Network Strategic Plan initiative. Funding bolsters the personnel resources for this endeavor. Professional student development advisors and student learning specialists have been contracted and a career development specialist/assistant director of our Office of Career Services has been employed to assist students to select a major, explore career options, and link them to experiential learning opportunities.
The Title III grant will also help Eastern provide more students with pre-professional experiences such as undergraduate research, internships, and cooperative education opportunities that are expanded within the University’s “deep learning/high impact” model, as part of the Liberal Arts Work! Strategic Plan initiative.

Title III funding is also providing faculty development to ensure that faculty develop pedagogical practices needed to promote the University’s retention and graduation strategies. A mini-grant program (Center for Educational Excellence Cohort Program) supports academic departments’ creative endeavors that coincide with these student retention/graduation goals. Since the initiation of Title III funding, evidence demonstrates increasing rates of use of academic support services, earlier declaration of major, satisfaction with services, participation in research and internships as well as, importantly, an increase in first to second year retention and number of credits earned for our target population.
For more information contact: Dr. Margaret Martin x55704, Title III Project Director.