Title III Grant

Title III Part A Programs: Strengthening Institutions

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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.

News & Events

Faculty at Table
USM’s Faculty Commons and the Title III Grant’s Project Team announce the Second Call for Proposals for Faculty Interest Groups (FIGs) and FIG Leaders
Group presentation
Dr. Paula Gerstenblatt's Oral History and Social Work class this summer is an excellent example of immersive, high impact educational practices that utilize digital storytelling to engage with community and represent critical issues through individual narratives.
Faculty at Table
USM’s Faculty Commons and the Title III Grant’s Project Team announce a Call for Proposals for Faculty Interest Groups (FIGs) and FIG Leaders First Round DUE 10/01/14
October 7, 2014
12:15 PM to 1:45 PM
Multiple Locations (see description)

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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