What is Title III? 

" The purpose of the Title III program [within the US Department of Education] is to provide grants to eligible institutions of higher education to improve their academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability in order to increase their self-sufficiency and strengthen their capacity to make a substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the nation." (*34 CFR 607.1)

If you would like more information, please visit the Department of Education Website.

What Does this Mean for NWACC?

The Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant, awarded by the US Department of Education in October of 2009, provides approximately $2M to the institution with the broad goal of improving student success and retention. It is developmental in nature as opposed to operational. New programs and initiatives will be developed, tested/piloted, implemented and institutionalized over the course of 5 years.

NWACC will expand its capacity to serve underprepared students with demonstrated academic need by funding and managing programs and services that will improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of the institution. Specifically, a comprehensive project titled "Strengthening Academic Resources and Support (STARS)" has been designed. It includes improvements in areas such as (but not limited to):

  • Academic Skills Courses
  • ESL-English for Academic Purposes
  • Tutoring
  • Bridge Programs
  • Learning Communities
  • Assessment and Placement
  • Advisement
  • Early Alert and Referral
  • Progress Tracking



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