BACKGROUND OF TITLE III PROGRAM
The Title III Program began as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which was an effort by the U.S. Congress to “assist in raising the academic quality of colleges that had the desire and potential to make a substantial contribution to higher education resources of our nation, but which, for financial and other reasons, were struggling for survival and were isolated from the main current of academic life.”
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Services area administers the Title III Program. The Program supports the Department of Education’s commitment to improve educational opportunities for minorities and the disadvantaged. Funding is focused on institutions that enroll large proportions of disadvantaged students. The Title III Program provides financial assistance to enable eligible institutions to solve problems that threaten
their ability to survive, as well as to stabilize their management and fiscal operations, and to build endowments.
An important objective of the Title III Program is to help participating institutions improve their academic programs and management and to become financially independent in order to increase their self-sufficiency and to strengthen their capacity to make a substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the Nation
PURPOSE OF TITLE III PROGRAM
Title III-B of Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HGBI) Programs, authorize special assistance to strengthen the quality of developing institutions which have the desire and potential to make substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the nation, but are struggling for survival and are isolated from the main currents of academic life. Although Amendments to the Act have altered some elements of the program, it remains as a written instrument to provide Assistance to Institutions demonstrating a constructive effort to help strengthen themselves.
Title III Staff
Olger C. Twyner, III, Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs/Title III
Deborah Lidy, Associate Coordinator for Title III/OSP
Title III Steering Committee
The Xavier University Title III Steering Committee provides oversight and advises the Title III Coordinator on issues that might arise. This committee meets periodically and reviews activities and expenditures and is a critical part of assuring that Title III activities meet the overall mission and goals of the Program as they relate to this University. Members of Xavier’s Title III Steering Committee are Gene D’Amour, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Resource Development; Calvin Tregre, Senior Vice President for Administration; and Loren Blanchard, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.