Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Background & Purpose

BACKGROUND OF TITLE III PROGRAM

The Title III Program began as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which was an effort by the U.S. Congress to 'Äúassist in raising the academic quality of colleges that had the desire and potential to make a substantial contribution to higher education resources of our nation, but which, for financial and other reasons, were struggling for survival and were isolated from the main current of academic life.'Äù

The U.S. Department of Education'Äôs Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Services area administers the Title III Program. The Program supports the Department of Education'Äôs commitment to improve educational opportunities for minorities and the disadvantaged. Funding is focused on institutions that enroll large proportions of disadvantaged students. The Title III Program provides financial assistance to enable eligible institutions to solve problems that threaten their ability to survive, as well as to stabilize their management and fiscal operations, and to build endowments.

An important objective of the Title III Program is to help participating institutions improve their academic programs and management and to become financially independent in order to increase their self-sufficiency and to strengthen their capacity to make a substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the Nation

PURPOSE OF TITLE III PROGRAM

Title III-B of Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HGBI) Programs, authorize special assistance to strengthen the quality of developing institutions which have the desire and potential to make substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the nation, but are struggling for survival and are isolated from the main currents of academic life. Although Amendments to the Act have altered some elements of the program, it remains as a written instrument to provide Assistance to Institutions demonstrating a constructive effort to help strengthen themselves.

Title III Staff

Ralph Johnson, Senior Vice President for Administration/Title III Coordinator
Dr. Rachel Thomas, Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs/Title III
Deborah Lidy, Associate Coordinator for Title III/ORSP

Title III Steering Committee

Ralph Johnson, Senior Vice President for Administration/Title III Coordinator
Loren Blanchard, Ph.D, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Edward Phillips, Vice President, Office of Fiscal Services
Anil Kukreja, Ph.D, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Kathleen Kennedy, Pharm.D., Dean, College of Pharmacy
Marion Bracy, Vice President, Facility Planning and Management

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

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