Overview of Title III Grant
In October 2011, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College was awarded a five year $1.8 million Title III, Part A, grant from the U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program. The two primary goals addressed in this grant are:
- To improve student retention and graduation rates through intentional advising activities in the newly created Academic and Career Advising (ACA) centers; and
- To improve student persistence through intentional academic intervention activities.
The Title III Coordinator, the Activity Director and staff will integrate the project into current programs and structures by engaging faculty and students in a number of comprehensive student support activities to be initiated under Title III including: academic and career advising, early alert process and supplemental instruction. Faculty, staff and students will be involved in steering the Activity, as well as, developing materials and tools.
RCCC will implement an activity comprised of two main goals. First goal is designed to address the student’s retention necessary to complete and graduate from an associate’s level degree program. Second goal is designed to address persistence in select courses where consistent completion in these courses is challenging.
In order to successfully execute the objectives of this grant, many individuals not directly associated with the grant’s activity have contributed their time and expertise. The departments of business, facilities, graphics, human resources, and information technologies made significant contributions and their efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank You!
At the end of the grant, RCCC will have an ACA center on each campus its main campuses offering intentional advising and career services 50 hours per week; two new assessment instruments delivered through computer technologies designed to identify student learning style preferences and personality types; a program that incorporates faculty members as part of the Centers’ advising activities; and an early alert system that will enable faculty to identify and contact those students experiencing difficulty in achieving course objectives and to connect these students with academic support services. Further, at the end of the 5-year period, RCCC will have established an intentional academic intervention program in place to optimize student success in those courses historically considered difficult to complete.