Title III Grant

High Impact Educational Practices

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.  Each semester we award up to 10 mini-grants of $500 each to support faculty adoption of high impact practices in their courses.

The Coordinating Committee welcomes proposals for spring 2015 projects and activities.  Please review proposal criteria here.  You may submit a proposal through the webform. For questions contact Susan McWilliams at smcwilms@usm.maine.edu.

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


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

Congratulations to our Fall 2014 Mini-grant recipients!

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

Mark Swanson, Geosciences,  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, Rebecca Nisetich, and Nancy Artz, Honors, Peer Mentoring program

Linda Pffafinger, Criminology, supplies for painting domestic violence shelter

Francesca Vassallo, Political Science, Scottish Vote day event

Luci Benedict, Chemistry, PKAL summer leadership institute for course design and assessment


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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