Title III Grant Administration

Purpose

Title III Part B Grant (per department of Education)

This program provides financial assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish or strengthen their physical plants, financial management, academic resources, and endowment-building capacity. Activities may include:

  • Student services; educational equipment acquisition; facility renovation and construction; faculty and staff development;
  • The establishment of a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in public schools; the establishment of community outreach programs that will encourage elementary and secondary school students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue postsecondary education;
  • The acquisition of real property in connection with the construction, renovation, or addition to or improvement of campus facilities; education or financial information designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students;
  • Families, especially with regard to student indebtedness and student assistance programs under Title IV; and
  • Services necessary for the implementation of projects or activities that are described in the grant application and that are approved, in advance, by the Department, except that not more than two percent of the grant amount may be used for this purpose.

Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility ACT (SAFRA) (per Congress.gov) 

On September 17, 2009 the House of Representatives passed H. R. 3221 “The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2099” (SAFRA). H.R. 3221 provides $255 million in mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions (MSIs).

Executive Summary

Activities Being Funded

St. Philip’s College is using its Title III to implement and operate seven activities that will support and strengthen the overall institution delivery of services to students. The funds allocated under Title III are being used to support the following activities:

Activity I – Project Administration and Research Development – This activity is used to administer the grant along with working with activities and staff funded under the grant to ensure funds are spent in accordance with the rules and regulations that govern Title III. This activity will insure that the College is audit-ready in order to ensure accountability for program services and transactions.

Activity II – Centers of Excellence in Mathematics and Science – This activity provides academic instruction in the STEM fields along with providing instruction in disciplines, which are underrepresented by Black Americans and other minority groups.

Activity III – Campus Renovation - This activity addresses the renovation and improvement of existing classrooms, laboratories, and other instructional facilities, that will include the purchase of furniture, fixture and equipment.

Activity IV – Information and Communication Technology – This activity is used to set and establish standards for Smart Classroom replacement plans over the next five-years funding cycle along with establishing a Wayfinding system that provides students, faculty, staff, and the community real-time information via interactive displays and IoT devices. The establishment and support for a paperless workflow management system to be developed along with the creation of an archival storage solution for SPC historical pictures and videos.

Activity V – Institute for Teaching Excellence and Staff Development – This activity supports for faculty exchanges, faculty development, and faculty fellowships to assist in attaining advanced degrees in the field of instruction of the faculty and staff.

Activity VI – Student Services – This activity supports strategies that address attrition; the activity is a multi-faceted and holistic approach to retention and graduation that has the potential of improving the overall quality of the student experience and increase student success. As such, SPC will continue to implement a model comprised of Transition Services, Retention and Graduation Services, Career and Transfer Services and Academic Success Programs to include financial literacy and tutoring. The establishment and expansion of these services will provide SPC with a more seamless and intentional process to ensure student success.

Activity VII – Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition Center (GSVOTC) – This activity addresses the implementation and operation of a full-service Outreach Center to address veterans needs and services. This activity assist veterans’ transition from military services to civilian life based on the available services being offered by the College. Services will be provided in a central one-stop shop resource area for veterans and their families that will allow them to access educational and transitional services to better prepare them to rejoin civilian life and find a sustainable area of education and training.

Legislatively Allowable Activities

HBCUs (Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Title III-Part B, Section 323) Legislative Allowable Activities:

  1. Purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional and research purposes.
  2. Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and other instructional facilities, including purchase or rental of telecommunications and technology equipment or services.
  3. Support of faculty exchanges, faculty development, and faculty fellowships to assist in attaining advanced degrees in the field of instruction of the faculty.
  4. Academic instruction in disciplines in which Black Americans are underrepresented.
  5. Purchase of library books, periodicals, and other educational materials, including telecommunications program material.
  6. Tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success.
  7. Funds management, 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 such program, preparation for teacher certification.
  11. Establishing community outreach programs which 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 the construction, renovation, or addition to or improvement of campus facilities.
  14. Education or financial information designed to improve financial literacy and economic literacy of students or the students' families, especially with regard to student indebtedness and student assistance programs under Title IV.
  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.

Contact Information

Title III Grant Director:
Dr. Erick Akins
eakins@alamo.edu
210-486-2195
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203