| 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:
The "Enhancing Student Retention and Graduation Rates" activity will 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 "Faculty Development Program" 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 will 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. TransferMation Video
8. Integrating Campus Internationalization, Global Learning, Scholarship and Outreach, and Community Engagement:
The overarching goal for this project is to expand its Global Initiative of internationalization, service-learning and civic engagement through curricular and co-curricular activities that provide students with multiple opportunities for active, team-based, interdisciplinary exploration of real-world problems. This project will strengthen our existing study abroad and service-learning programs with deeper cross-cultural skills development, and the opportunity for richer community engagement activities with partner institutions, regionally and abroad.
1. Growing And Strengthening The Graduate Program In The College Of Science, Engineering And Technology (CSET):
The goal of the "College of Science Engineering and Technology (CSET)" activity is to grow the graduate programs and enhance the CSET graduate programs in accordance with the Provost's Five-Point Plan and the NSU strategic Plan. This will be accomplished by increasing graduate student enrollment, faculty and student research productivity, and CSET graduate program offerings.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Enhancing Facilities Management Infrastructure And Campus Safety at Norfolk State University:
The Facilities Management activity seeks to assist the university in providing safe, well-maintained, code compliant, comfortable academic facilities that create a supporting teaching environment for effective learning, research and student support services.