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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. Funds may be used for planning, faculty development, administrative management, and the development and improvement of academic programs. Other projects include joint use of instructional facilities and student service programs designed to improve academic success. Innovative and customized courses designed to retain students and move students successfully into discipline-specific courses and to degree completion are sought.

Title III Application for Funding Form 

Contact Us

Email: TitleIIIOffice@mcla.edu

DR. EMILY WILLIAMS 
Title III Project Sponsor  
Bowman Hall – Rm 221E 
Phone:  413.662.5242 
Email:  Emily.Williams@mcla.edu 
 
ELAINE NICKERSON 
Title III Project Director  
Bowman Hall – Rm 309 
Phone:  413.662.5265 
Email:  Elaine.Nickerson@mcla.edu 
 
DR. DEBORAH FOSS 
Title III Activity Director 
Academic Support/Advising 
Bowman Hall – Rm 221B 
Phone:  413.662.5461 
Email:  Deborah.Foss@mcla.edu 
 
GINA PUC 
TITLE III Activity Director 
High-Impact Practices 
Blackington House – FL2 
Phone:  413.662.5428 
Email:  G.Puc@mcla.edu 
 
STEVEN STENGEL 
Title III Administrative Assistant  
Bowman Hall – Rm 219 
Phone:  413.662.5525 
Email:  Steven.Stengel@mcla.edu 
 
JASON CANALES 
Title III Internal Evaluator 
Eldridge Hall – Rm B02 
Phone:  413.662.5413 
Email:  Jason.Canales@mcla.edu