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Title III - Strengthening Institutions

In September 2016, MCLA was awarded a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The total award is $2.2 million over five years, or $443K per year. This award is designed to strengthen MCLA by increasing student persistence rates, particularly for students of color and for low-income students.

The following Institutional Goals are outlined in the MCLA Title III initiative:

Academic Programs

a. Increase the number of first-year, sophomore, and junior students persisting to the next year
b. Increase the number of students completing degree requirements in four years
c. Eliminate the achievement gaps between ALANA and non-ALANA students
d. Eliminate the achievement gaps between Pell and non-Pell eligible students

Institutional Management

e. Increase the percent of faculty and students utilizing Canvas for individualized advising
f. Increase the use of academic planning and degree audit utilities to improve retention and degree completion
g. Decrease the percent of students who graduate with 15 or more credits than are required for graduation

Fiscal Stability

h. Increase revenues through increases in student retention

This grant supports activities that have been shown to increase student persistence and to decrease the achievement gaps for both ALANA students and low-income students. A significant portion of the grant is earmarked for academic planning and degree audit software, student support through CSSE, faculty professional development, and undergraduate research. Fund are available through mini-grant awards ($500 - $1,500) for activities that are initiated by faculty and staff.

Examples of possible activities include:

  • Developing curriculum that incorporates research and/or project-based learning at the first-year and sophomore levels
  • Guiding undergraduate research, either during the academic year or summer
  • Attending conferences that address student success and persistence
  • Providing professional development for colleagues that promises to enhance student persistence through HIPs, advising, etc.

Contact Us

Email: TitleIIIOffice@mcla.edu

ELAINE NICKERSON
Title III Project Director
Bowman Hall – Rm 211
Phone: 413.662-5265
Email: Elaine.Nickerson@mcla.edu

SAMANTHA LINCOLN
Title III Administrative Assistant
Bowman Hall – Rm 219
Phone: 413.662-5525
Email: S.Lincoln@mcla.edu

CATHERINE MCKEEN
Title III Activity Co-Director
Eldridge Hall – Rm 205
Phone: 413.662.5082
Email: Catherine.McKeen@mcla.edu

ADRIENNE WOOTTERS
TITLE III Activity Co-Director
Bowman Hall – Rm 221A
Phone: 413.662.5526
Email: Adrienne.Wooters@mcla.edu

JASON CANALES
Title III Internal Evaluator
Eldridge Hall – Rm B02
Phone: 413.662.5413
Email: Jason.Canales@mcla.edu

MIKE GAUDETTE
Title III External Evaluator
Lighthouse Consulting, Inc.
Phone: 541.267.2632
Email: lighthouseconsulting@msn.com