It is the goal of the Title III Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
to assist in establishing and strengthening the university’s physical plant, academic resources, and student services so that UAPB may continue fulfilling its goal to provide quality education. The Aid for Institutional Development Programs (commonly referred to as the Title III programs) support improvements in educational quality, management, and financial stability at qualifying postsecondary institutions. Funding is focused on institutions that enroll large proportions of minority and financially disadvantaged students with low per-student expenditures. This serves to help equalize educational opportunities for these individuals. The programs provide financial assistance to help institutions solve problems that threaten their ability to survive, to improve their management and fiscal operation, and to build endowments. Approximately 500 colleges and universities throughout the United States, its territories and possessions benefit from Title III funds annually.
The Chancellor has the overall responsibility for the implementation of the Title III-Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program at UAPB. The Title III Director, who reports directly to the Chancellor, assists with the administration of the program by overseeing “day-to-day” operations.
The process begins when Title III Program Administration is notified of grant availability. The Title III Program Administration Office, upon notification, coordinates an intra-institutional call for proposals to meet the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. Successful intra-institutional applicants (activity directors) meet with staff from the Title III Program Administration Office, individually and in-groups, to “fine tune” the application. The activity directors refine the individual narratives and budgets, and submit them to Title III Program Administration for review. Upon completion of the final review of individual components by the Chancellor, the proposal is compiled and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Services.
Objectives of the Title III Program
At the Universityof Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the objectives are...
- To enhance opportunities for undergraduates to obtain employment with upward mobility by improving the learning environment, revising and expanding the curriculum.
- To improve academic instruction by...
- strengthening faculty skills through in-service training, self-evaluation programs, travel to professional meetings, and the use of off-campus consultants, and
- facilitating faculty performance through an identification of specific problems and needs, then supplying solutions for those problems.
- To meet the needs of students who have been classified as educationally disadvantaged by providing academic programs which will prepare them to pursue both traditional and non-traditional careers.
- To improve the operation of the university by providing a systematic program of planning, mmanagement, and evaluation.
- To increase the university's enrollment through planned and systematic retention programs.
- To improve the teaching and learning environment through planned programs for new construction, renovation, and maintenance.
- To improve the development program in order to attract assitional funds.