ERIC Number: ED407998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Case for Title III.
Slark, Julie; And Others
One small but relatively vital program of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, Title III (Strengthening Institutions), is generating extensive discussion. Title III is a federal grant program that was authorized in 1965 to strengthen colleges and universities that serve non-traditional students. To be eligible, colleges must demonstrate the need for funds, serve an underrepresented student population, and apply in a rigorous and competitive application process. Title III funds have been most effective in creating organizational change within institutions of higher education with relatively few dollars. Its structure and the current application process result in significant, long-term institutional effects which have, in turn, successfully responded to the transitioning learning needs of students, the community, the nation, and the economy. The cost-effectiveness of Title III can be seen in statistics about minorities and the cost per student for the 43 current California community colleges. This cost-effectiveness benefit contrasts with direct student aid funding at $1500 to $3500 per student, as is provided by Pell grants and TRIO programs, for which benefits are student-specific annual amounts and do not accumulate for future students. By providing an education that features programs that are continuously being developed to be responsive to ever-changing national and community needs, the federal government can contribute to the health and fabric of the country. (HAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Rancho Santiago Community Coll., Santa Ana, CA. Office of Research, Planning, and Resource Development.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title III