| 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.
1. Enhancing Student Retention and Graduation Rates:
This project proposes to establish a comprehensive Student Success Center that provides centralized academic advising, support services and technology-based learning methods designed to yield enhanced learning experiences for first and second year students to improve retention, time to degree, and graduation rates.
2. Enhancing Structured Program for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health (STEM-H) Disciplines:
The focus of this activity is to increase the first year to second year retention rate for STEM-H majors and increase the number of minority (African American non-Hispanic, Hispanic) students enrolled as STEM-H majors.
3. Enhancing the Infrastructure for Comprehensive Faculty Development Program:
The goal of this activity is to provide development opportunities for faculty that can strengthen their scholarship and teaching effectiveness and to assist in succession planning/training. This is in keeping with the major tenets in the first operational goal articulated in the University’s 2012-2018 Strategic Plan…promote excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and service.
The proposed projects will employ key strategies emphasizing teacher development to include: Orienting new faculty and administrators; enhancing teaching techniques and use of technology; enhancing research skills and techniques for writing; promoting interdisciplinary activities and research collaborating within the University and providing training opportunities for leadership responsibilities or further degree attainment.
4. Restructuring and Enhancing Educational Access for the Contemporary Communities in Higher Education:
The Office of Distance Education is to provide supplemental support for the development and delivery of distance education (online and video conferenced) programs and certificates. A key focus of Project Reach is to impact enrollment by increasing the number of students enrolled in both online and video conferenced degree and certificate programs through the development of distance education programs.
5. Enhancing Technology Service Delivery to the NSU Campus Community:
The goal of this Activity is to provide much needed support in future-proofing our service delivery infrastructure and continued improvement of customer service to expand the wireless (WiFi) network, provide more efficient computer troubleshooting through the establishment of a student-based technical assistance program and deploy a virtual computer lab that lends to the accessibility of applications from within the University network.
6. Building a Culture of Evidence: Strengthening Processes and Structures to Support Data Informed Decision Making:
Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) will partner with academic and administrative units across campus to enhance institutional capacity to collect, analyze and disseminate evidence demonstrating effectiveness in fulfilling the university’s mission. Further, OIRP will provide analytical tools and strategies to leverage internal and external data sources to develop predictive models to support the strategic goals of enrollment growth and improved retention and graduation rates.
As a result of the BCE activity, the university will realize enhanced capacity to generate and disseminate the evidence necessary to satisfy external assessment and accountability reporting demands (e.g., SACSCOC Fifth-year Interim report, SACSCOC Compliance Certification, NSU Strategic Plan, SCHEV Six Year Plan, etc.) and expanded capacity to leverage data, rendering it actionable, to support decision making and inform intervention strategies to support the university’s strategic goals of enrollment growth and increased retention and graduation rate goals.
7. Building Enrollment Capacity through TransferMation:
The establishment of a Transfer Center (named the TransferMation Center) will provide the necessary one-stop shop infrastructure and staff support to enhance the limited centralized resources currently devoted specifically to community college transfer students. Through activities housed in the TransferMation Center, increased opportunities will be provided for students to seek and obtain information and support to complete their post-secondary education irrespective of how they entered higher education.
8. Expanding International Studies and Service Learning Across the Curriculum:
The overarching goal for this project proposes to strengthen study abroad programs; infuse global perspectives across the academic programs; and increase resources to support international studies and service learning. Specifically, this project will promote international studies by introducing a focus on selected global contexts; developing conversational language of a specific country as well as courses with embedded cultural content; and a 3-week cultural immersion study abroad program.
Growing And Strengthening The Graduate Program In The College Of Science, Engineering And Technology (CSET)
The College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) at Norfolk State University (NSU) proposes to use Title III funds to grow and strengthen its five existing graduate programs; and develop at least two new graduate certificate programs and one Professional Science Masters Degree (PSM) Program.
The first graduate program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the M.S. degree in Materials Science, was initiated at NSU in 1994. An HBGI grant was awarded to support the program in 1999. By 2007 this HBGI support for the Materials Science Program has developed a strong research base and lead to the development of a Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering.
In August 2003 as a result of an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) agreement, the Computer Science, Electronics Engineering, and Optical Engineering Graduate Programs began. With the support of an HBGI project the student population of the Computer Science M.S. Program grew from 19 students to 58 students according to the most recent (Fall 2008) census.
The HBGI funding has strengthened Computer Science and Materials Science Programs by the addition of new faculty, support staff, instructional equipment, and equipment maintenance funds. This new HBGI application will aim at leveraging these individual successes in a coordinated effort to further strengthen all five graduate programs in CSET, including the less mature engineering programs.
Building on this success, the CSET further proposes the development of two new graduate certificate programs and one new Professional Science Masters Degree (PSM) Program. The new programs will provide alternative and more direct paths to getting greater numbers of minority students into STEM professions.
Title III funding makes it possible to provide student stipends, as well as, enhance graduate faculty, resources for laboratories, and other student support
Enhancing the Delivery of Library Services to Norfolk State University Students.
The NSU Testing Center
Enhancing the Academic and Career Success of NSU Students and Hampton Roads Residents Through Comprehensive and Rigorous Testing Services.
Strengthening Services to Veterans and International Students (Strengthening the Student Experience through LLCs) .
The Division of Student Affairs strives to provide students with an environment that supports the academic endeavors of the residential student population. This activity will afford academic and administrative departments the opportunities to collaborate in the development of Living Learning Communities. These communities will provide unique experiences and help students transition successfully to college and improve student learning and development.
Improving Student Retention by Expanding Honors College to include Discipline-Specific Honors Programs.
The purpose of the Honors College is precisely to improve the quality of academic instruction not only for the students in the Honors College but for the entire university. The Honors College will serve as a place to pilot the latest and the best in pedagogy, particularly in the general education core on which we will focus. We shall also offer a host of campus enrichment events open to all.