On September 13, 2012, the US Department of Education publicly announced that Saint Joseph’s College was one of 14 higher education institutions nationwide to receive a five-year Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant titled Supporting Student Success to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates. The total grant award is $1,999,990.
Dr. Daniel Blankenship, Vice President for Academic Affairs, serves as the Title III Coordinator, and in this capacity, he provides the leadership to implement the grant initiatives.
The college identified three goals and four strategies to advance academic quality, improve institutional management, and fiscal stability as listed below:
Goal 1: Consolidate and strengthen academic advising and educational support services to facilitate student success in achieving educational goals.
Goal 2: Create a technology-rich teaching and learning environment to improve student learning outcomes.
Goal 3: Stabilize tuition revenue through improved retention and graduation rates.
Strategy 1: Establish a Student Success Center to consolidate and strengthen academic advising and educational support services using a case management system.
Strategy 2: Strengthen Freshman Seminar with advising training, improved course content, and better coordination with student support services.
Strategy 3: Provide advising training for freshman advisors and faculty using established best practices.
Strategy 4: Facilitate technology-rich teaching and learning through collaborative learning workspaces and curricular innovation.
Title III funding allowed the creation of two unique environments. The first was the opening of room C108 on January 31, 2013. Located in the Core Building, the room is an ideal teaching and learning space designed specifically for flexibility, mobility, and collaboration. C108 has unique design features matching specifications developed by SJC faculty for improving collaboration in conjunction with the latest computing and presentation technologies.
The second addition made possible by Title III funding was the newly established Student Success Center (SSC), which opened May 1, 2013 in the Evans Arts and Science Building directly behind the Robinson Memorial Library. The SSC is responsible for providing comprehensive services to all students to empower and connect them with the resources they need to achieve their academic goals.
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