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 Administration

Mrs. Danyell Barry, Director
C.V. Troup Bldg., Suite 328
(478) 827.3232
barnesd@fvsu.edu

Mrs. Venie Crawford, Title III Program Specialist
C.V. Troup Bldg., Suite 328
(478) 825.6397
crawfordv@fvsu.edu

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 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.

2017-2022 TITLE III, PART B ACTIVITIES

Types of Projects

1Project Administration - The activity will assure that the projected activities are carried out as stipulated in the Comprehensive Development Plan and the Plan of Operation, and facilitate the maximum impact of the activities on the University's mission and goals.
2Enhancing Assessment, Data Analytics and Accreditation - The activity will serving as the source for comprehensive, accurate and consistent information in response to requests from internal and external stakeholders, and it will analyze and interpret statistical data to support planning efforts by university administrators and committees.
3Using Faculty and Staff Development to Enhance Teaching, Research, and Retention - This activity will offer faculty the opportunity to sharpen their professional skills and enhance their research and teaching as well as provide training for staff in areas of customer service and effective technological processes that will assist all parties with strategies for better retention of students.
4Enhancing Research and Sponsored Programs at FVSU - This project proposes to enhance FVSU’s ability to increase external research funding and enhance the research profile of FVSU’s faculty, staff and students.
5Strengthening Stakeholder Involvement for Capital Growth Initiative - This activity proposes to build capability into the Development operation and to strengthen our communication capabilities thereby broadening the base of participation for alumni giving. This will be done through the development of a well-structured and data-driven fundraising program to provide a foundation for donor acquisition and retention through annual giving by September 30, 2022.
6Improving Online Degree Programs and Services - The goal of this activity is to develop strong and confident online faculty and develop a strong general education core of online classes and online programs for undergraduate education.
7Establishing a University College (UC) - This activity proposes to increase retention, persistence and graduation rates for undergraduate students. UC is an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to achieving student success and engagement outcomes for undergraduate students. The UC will serve as the entry point for students, an innovator of new academic initiatives, and a catalyst for student success and retention throughout the campus.
8Revolutionizing Technology and Customer Service for Continuous Strategic Improvements – This activity proposes to transform the University through: (1) improved network cyber-security and internet access utilizing strategic cyber-infrastructure upgrades; (2) “alternative” or “disruptive” technologies, “a product or service designed for a new set of customers” including innovations in online learning and management-level software applications; and (3) technology-enhanced student aid administration and management including telecommunications, technology equipment, software and services.

2015-2020 TITLE III, PART F ACTIVITIES (SAFRA)

Types of Projects (SAFRA)

1Enhancing Instructional Classroom Facilities - Under the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), the Fort Valley State University (FVSU) proposes to strengthen the institution by enhancing construction maintenance and renovation of classrooms and other instructional facilities—to include purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services.
2Establishing a Center of Electron Microscopy for Applied Research and Teaching (CEMART) - This Activity is designed to enhance the quality of instruction and student research at Fort Valley State University (FVSU) by establishing a Center of Electron Microscopy for Applied Research and Teaching (CEMART) that can serve experiential teaching/learning experience in various STEM disciplines.
3Enhancing FVSU Computer Science Program through Revising Curriculum, Establishing a Mentoring/Tutoring Center, and Engaging Students in Undergraduate Research - This Activity will allow the University to design and implement a three-pronged approach to enhance CS curriculum as well as the retention and graduation rates of computer science students at FVSU. This approach includes revising course curricula of all upper division courses, implementing peer-to-peer mentoring/tutoring, and engaging students in interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary undergraduate research activities.
4Enhancing Fort Valley State University STEM Instruction for the 21st Century Student through Cross-Curriculum and Inquiry-Based Laboratory Design - This Activity aligns with the FVSU 2015-2020 strategic plan through faculty collaboration, curriculum improvements, and laboratory technology updates designed to increase STEM retention, academic performance, and numbers of underrepresented minorities (URM) earning STEM degrees. The Activity is designed to enhance the successful student completion rates in gateway STEM courses including math (MATH 1111: Algebra, MATH 1112: Trigonometry, and/or MATH 1113: Pre-calculus), biology (BIOL 1107: Principles of Biology I and BIOL 1108: Principles of Biology II), and chemistry (CHEM 1211: Principles of Chemistry I and CHEM 1212: Principles of Chemistry II)

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