Title III Grant

High Impact Educational Practices

Please note!  Applications for mini-grants for funds for use in Spring 2015 are welcomed.  Awards for fall 2014 have already been completed.  See below for a list of recipients.

The second major focus of USM’s Title III grant is dedicated to strengthening and increasing high impact educational experiences for USM Students.  High impact educational experiences are associated with a higher degree of student engagement and higher rates of student success, including improved persistence and more timely graduation.

High impact educational practices take a variety of forms. In general, they involve active, experiential, reflective, and focused teaching and learning. Such experiences include service- and community-based learning, experiential and problem-based learning, learning communities, undergraduate research, collaborative learning, etc. 

This area of USM’s Title III grant is overseen by Assistant Provost Susan McWilliams, under the guidance of the High Impact Practices Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee invites proposals for grant funds to directly support faculty and student engagement in high impact practices.  Applications for funds for use in Spring 2015 are welcomed.  Awards for fall 2014 have already been completed. Use the fillable form or submit an application for funds via e-mail to smcwilms@usm.maine.edu or call 780-4755 for more information. 

See the Association of American Colleges and Universities for more information on how high impact educational practices transform student learning and faculty teaching.

High Impact Practices in the news:

But Does it Count?

A Classroom Leaves the Syllabus to the Students

Inspector Bucket's Plan for Student Recruitment

Using Social Labs to Solve Complex Problems (video illustrating social labs pedagogy)

Social Labs Website

 Congratulations to our Fall 2014 Mini-grant recipients!

Michele Kaschub, Music, Student participation in NAME Eastern Division Conference

Mark Swanson, Geology,  Student research at Schoodic Point

Tracy Michaud-Stutzman, Husky Harvest

Carl Blue, Technology, 3D scanner for student projects and presentations

Jeannine Uzzi, Classics, , student teaching in area high schools and adult education centers

Mary Anne Peabody, Social and Behavioral Sciences, LEGO Serious Play kits for experiential learning

Steve Romanoff, Russell Scholars, student travel to Peaks Island for community learning experience

Sharon Timberlake, Leadership Studies, graduate assistant for On-Line Service Learning design

Stephanie Strong and Nancy Artz, Honors, Peer Mentoring program

Linda Pffafinger, Criminology, supplies for painting domestic violence shelter

Francesca Vassallo, Political Science, Scottish Vote day event


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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