Title III Grant

Department of EducationTitle III Part A Programs: Strengthening Institutions

The University of Southern Maine is one of 33 colleges and universities nationally, one of only three in New England and the only one in Maine, to receive a competitive U.S. Department of Education grant that will expand USM’s capacity to serve and graduate more students.

The grant of $1.6 million over five years was awarded through the Department of Education’s “Strengthening Institutions Program,” which was created to fund the establishment of enhanced learning opportunities that help more students stay in college and graduate.

The Grant Proposal, titled First-Year Success Through Experience and Strength, or First STEPs, outlines four, interdependent “activities” designed to increase the retention rate of first-year students and the four-year graduation rate.  The work outlined in the grant proposal also is designed to build partnerships among faculty and staff throughout the university and between USM and community stakeholders.

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Collaboration and Development 101 Series
Come to Syllabus Writing 101 to work on writing your syllabi and make sure your syllabi meets the requirements of the USM faculty handbook!
High Impact Educational Practices proposals are due Dec. 11, 2015.
Faculty Interest Group Proposals are due December 18th!

Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education

USM's Center for Collaboration and Development and Title III invite you to an evening keynote and day long workshop focusing on strategies to improve student success and retention in higher eduation. Join us for a keynote from author Dr. Kathleen Gabriel at 4:00PM on May 23rd. Learn more and RSVP below! 

What is Title III?

Strengthening Institutions

Title III Part: A Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) “helps eligible IHEs to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.”

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