Title III

Fort Valley State University Title III Office

The Title III Office is responsible for effectively managing Title III and SAFRA grant funds by assuring federal and state compliance and assisting the University in achieving its mission and vision through development and implementation of its strategic priorities. Program Administration personnel are available to assist all Title III activity directors as they work to accomplish activity goals.

Title III Program Description

As part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title III, Part B is a U. S. Department of Education program. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to establish or strengthen the physical plants, financial management, academic resources, and endowments of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Title III, Part F of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, provides additional annual funding until fiscal year 2019 for the Title III, Part B, HBCU program. These mandatory funds as a result of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), also known as the SAFRA grant award, are to be added to any amount appropriated in a regular or supplemental grant award under the Title III Part, B Strengthening HBCU Program.

Legislation, Regulation and Guidance

Legislation, Regulation and Guidance are key elements in managing federal grants. Title III, Part B Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) are funding opportunities for strengthening the following focus areas for institutions:

  • Academic Quality – Train and develop faculty, develop curriculum, improve developmental or basic skills courses, develop academic program(s), retain and recruit faculty, increase diversity of faculty, improve average education level of faculty, change the ratio of adjunct to full time professors, change the ratio of non-academic staff to academic staff, change the ratio of the number of students to faculty, improve class size, acquire specialized accreditation, acquire teaching or research laboratory equipment (institutional or joint shared use), acquire library materials (institutional or joint shared use)
  • Student Services and Outcomes
    • Student services: Counseling (peer, career, personal), tutoring and mentoring (peer, staff, faculty), student facilities (general use computer labs, study centers, tutoring centers), create and support learning communities, improve student services (i.e. financial aid distribution process, registration), improve library services (extended hours, tutoring
    • Student Outcomes: Graduation rate, retention, persistence (i.e., fall-to-fall, basic skills to for-credit courses), increased academic achievement, happy leavers, increased number of students entering higher degree programs
  • Fiscal Stability – Establish development office, train development staff, strengthen alumni relations, establish donor database, build capacity to attract external support, build and manage endowment, increase tuition dollars from enrollment, increase research dollars
  • Institutional Management – Create and maintain management information system(s), develop, integrate and update database(s), staff and train an institutional research office, train and develop staff (other than teaching faculty), Library facilities (construction, renovation), improved institutional management (faculty and staff personnel management, community affairs, outreach office, recruiting), construction and renovation (classrooms, teaching labs), infrastructure for the internet

Title III, Part B Legislative Allowable Activities

  1. Purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional or research purposes;
  2. Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classroom, library, laboratory, and other instructional facilities, including purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services;
  3. Support of faculty exchanges, faculty development and faculty fellowships to assist these faculty members in attaining advanced degrees in their fields of instruction;
  4. Academic instruction in disciplines in which Black Americans are underrepresented;
  5. Purchase of library books, periodicals, microfilm, and other educational materials, including telecommunications program materials;
  6. Tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success;
  7. Funds and administrative management, and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening funds management;
  8. Joint use of facilities, such as laboratories and libraries;
  9. Establishing or improving a development office to strengthen or improve contributions from alumni and the private sector;
  10. Establishing or enhancing a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in a public elementary or secondary school in the State that shall include, as part of the program, preparation for teacher certification;
  11. Establishing community outreach programs that will encourage elementary and secondary students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue postsecondary education;
  12. Establishing or improving an endowment fund;
  13. Acquisition of real property in connection with construction, renovation, or addition to or improvement of campus facilities;
  14. Education or financial information designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students or the students’ families, especially with regard to student indebtedness and student assistance programs;
  15. Services necessary for the implementation of projects or activities that are described in the grant application and that are approved, in advance, by the Secretary, except that not more than two percent of the grant amount may be used for this purpose.

Title III, Part F (SAFRA) Legislative Allowable Activities

  1. Purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional or research purposes;
  2. Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classroom, library, laboratory, and other instructional facilities, including purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services;
  3. Academic instruction in disciplines in which Black Americans are underrepresented;
  4. Purchase of library books, periodicals, microfilm, and other educational materials, including telecommunications program materials;
  5. Establishing or enhancing a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in a public elementary or secondary school in the State that shall include, as part of the program, preparation for teacher certification;
  6. Other activities consistent with the institution’s comprehensive plan and designed to increase the institution’s capacity to prepare students for careers in the physical or natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or information technology or sciences, engineering, language instruction, in the less-commonly taught languages or international affairs, or nursing or allied health profession.
2012-2017 Title III, Part B Activities
Activity NumberActivity Name
1Project Administration
2Revitalizing the Technology Infrastructure for Customer Service
3Transforming Faculty Instruction and Staff Administrative Management with Technology
4Restructuring Administrative Management in an Office of Development and Office of Sponsored Programs
5Establishing a Center for Retention Services
6Improving Student Outcomes in Teacher Education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
7Enhancing College Access through Outreach and Technology
8Strengthening an Office of Institutional Research Planning and Effectiveness
2015-2019 SAFRA Activities
Activity NumberActivity Name
1Project Administration
2Revitalizing Instructional Classroom Facilities

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