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About Title III Activities
Title III funds have enabled the University to initiate a wide range of innovative and crucial programs. Funds have been used to strengthen academic programs through specific projects which are categorized on this site by HBCU, HBGI and SAFRA.


Continuing to Enhance the Growth and Sustainability of Norfolk State University’s Advancement Program

The purpose of this activity is to enhance the growth and sustainability of the of the University Advancement program by expanding its capacity to secure philanthropic investments for the continued advancement of Norfolk State University. The overall objective of this activity is to raise approximately $4,173,890 (should subsequent years of funding remain at the 2017-18 level or greater) to match an equal amount of federal funds to establish the 2017-2022 Title III Scholarship Endowment. This will increase the University’s overall endowment by $8,347,780 by September 30, 2022.

Enhancing Student Persistence through Increasing Performance and Preparation

The Enhancing Student Persistence through Increasing Performance and Preparation activity will expand the capacity of the Office of Academic Engagement to implement targeted student success initiatives for increasing persistence and graduation rates at Norfolk State University (NSU). Student success initiatives will support undergraduate students strategically during all four years, with a special focus on the first two years.

Utilizing Innovative Digital Technologies to Build a Campus-Wide Culture of Assessment

Using innovative digital technologies, Norfolk State University proposes to create a campus-wide culture of assessment that facilitates continuous improvements in student learning and compliance with state guidelines and regional accreditation standards. The adoption of an electronic platform will assist the University in developing the capacity to manage the data collection and workflow associated with institutional effectiveness, outcomes assessment, accountability, planning, reporting activities and documentation/facilitation of continuous improvement associated with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and program-specific accreditation needs.

Project Innovative Expansion: Increasing Online Degree and Certificate Programs

The Office of Extended Learning provides the instructional design and compliance, operations support and technology solutions needed for the provision of online degrees, classes and certificates to students who seek to pursue their education with non-traditional options. The goal of the Project Innovative Expansion activity is to empower educators and students to utilize technology to pursue higher education in an innovative way.

Using Technology to Deliver Innovative Services to the Norfolk State University Campus Community

Norfolk State University’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) supports a comprehensive range of Information Technology systems campus-wide on a daily and continuing basis. Therefore, it is critical that the Information Technology infrastructure is reliable and robust to meet the needs of the University and its end-user community. The proposed activity is designed to improve efficiency by reducing processing time through the implementation of a digital signatures online system for faculty and staff, reducing time, operational costs and continued improvement of customer service.

Strengthening the Norfolk State University Radio Station’s (WNSB) Infrastructure

The WNSB activity will concentrate its efforts on 1) improving Nielsen ranking, 2) increasing monthly listenership to include the involvement of more alumni, corporations, and friends, and 3) training NSU students to enter the broadcast industry with knowledge and skills required to be productive contributors using state-of-the-art broadcast technologies. The central elements needed to realize these foci include development of student-intern expertise in programming production, and renewed alignment of a state-of-the-art radio station with campus life and university alumni.

Enhancing Academic Quality: Strengthening Faculty Through the Center for Teaching and Learning

The University Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) mission is to advance teaching effectiveness, foster innovation, and translate educational research into practice. The proposed project will implement a fully staffed, five-tiered programmatic center consistent with the University Mission, Core Values, and Strategic Plan. To this end, the expected overarching outcome for the activity is to have an established, collaborative unit that will provide faculty members with professional development and growth opportunities throughout their entire academic career at the University.


Enhancing Graduate Student Success By Providing Support and Services That Lead to Program Completion​: This project proposes to increase enrollment and the success of African American students in graduate STEM programs by establishing a Graduate Resource Center to provide the necessary resources for successful degree completion. These activities will enhance the development of current students and increase the profile of the programs to recruit more African Americans into STEM disciplines. 

Enhancing Norfolk State University's Cybersecurity Complex: "The Enhancing Norfolk State University's Cybersecurity Complex" activity endeavors to 1. Augment its existing research environment where graduate students can actively engage in policy, risk, and audit management research on production-grade equipment in a hands-on environment; 2. Increase the enrollment and graduation rate for African American students in the Cybersecurity discipline; and 3. Develop an HBCU cyber contracting hub to facilitate the acquisition of contract funding for the HBCU ecosystem. 


Enhancing A Diverse Teacher Population: The Future Teacher Academy:
The Future Teacher Academy (FTA) is an endeavor designed to increase the number of students, particularly African American males and other undeserved populations, who complete state approved and nationally accredited programs in teacher preparation.

Enhancing Access To Library Resources And Services to Norfolk State University Students:
The "Library Services" is an activity designed to re-organize and consolidate current resources and services for better access while using that base to expand access to the services in physical and virtual environments.

Strengthening The Student Experience Through A Comprehensive Learning Community Initiative (LCs):
The Strengthening the Student Experience through a Comprehensive Learning Community Initiative aims to expand learning communities to enhance student retention, persistence, and graduation rates at Norfolk State University (NSU). Further, the expansion of a comprehensive learning community program will assist NSU in its recruitment efforts. To the end that NSU will be recognized as a national leader in learning communities.


Office of Management and Budget
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U.S. Department of Education
For more information on eligibility requirements, awards, performance, laws and regulations pertaining to Title III Part B and other federal grants, go to

National Association of HBCU Title III Administrators, Inc.
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