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Published on August 10th, 2014 | by editor

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Title V Grant: Frequently Asked Questions

Part of a series about Title V at Wright College.

How did Wright College get the Title V Grant and how is this grant being implemented? Early in 2012 the Office of the Vice President applied for Title V funds. Wright College met the criteria to apply (being a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and the Department of Education (DoE) found Wright’s proposal to align with the goals of the Title V program. The grant aims to “improve success for first-year and at-risk students, to improve faculty skills in identifying and supporting these students, and to facilitate faculty efforts to incorporate active and collaborative learning opportunities in their teaching”. Wright College was awarded the Title V grant in July 2012.

What is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)?*For the purpose of awarding the grant, the DoE defines an HSI as an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.

If the government says Wright is an HSI, are there benefits and responsibilities that go along with that status? There are no particular perks or responsibilities inherent to the designation, besides qualifying for the Title V grant itself. Any other affiliations associated with being an HSI must be actively pursued by Wright if they are deemed helpful to our community and our programming.

Since the Title V grant is for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), why are there not more Hispanic programs, faculty, staff, and students benefitting directly?
Being an HSI is what qualified Wright to apply for Title V funds. With these funds we are expected to develop programming and/or infrastructures that will benefit the institution and our Hispanic students. The language of the grant explains that classroom pedagogies, faculty development, and programming activities that have proven successful for Hispanic students will be put into place across the board, such that the entire Wright community will benefit. The phrase from the grant – “rising tides lift all boats” – captures this thinking. Hispanic-themed events and programming should continue to play a part in the approved Title V grant programs. We welcome ideas and volunteers to build this programming.

The Department of Education’s website states:“The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program is NOT a scholarship or fellowship program for individuals or for research. The program is designed to support institutions of higher educationthat are HSIs.”*

How are decisions being made about spending and implementation? The grant Project Coordinator, Sara Schupack, and the staff in the Dean of Instruction’s office monitor the progress of the grant programs and develop data collection and reporting systems with the External Evaluator, for communicating progress to the Department of Education.

Professional Development funds are awarded by a committee composed of faculty, staff, and administrators. Currently, the committee includes: Alicia Anzaldo, Larry Buonaguidi, Terrence Doherty, Irene Horne, Christopher Leonard, Kevin Li, William Marsh, John Metoyer, Tracy Mitchell, Suzanne Sanders, Tara Whitehair, Brian Trzebiatowski, and Mark Valencia. Title V work overlaps with that of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP); thus the AQIP Steering Committee contributes to Title V initiatives as well. Other spending must align directly with programs that are identified in the grant. The approved grant includes a budget with program and infrastructure allotments.

Can I get a position working for the grant? Grant personnel are written into the grant; new positions cannot be created. Many of the people currently working to implement the grant accept these duties in addition to their regular jobs. However, there are many ways to get involved with Title V, including:

►Get to know the grant and its programs.

►Stay updated with Title V efforts by visiting www.wrightcollege.net, the Wright College blog which highlights stories and successes of the grant.

►Complete the Application for Use of Professional Development Funds from the Title V Grant. The funds can be used to attend conferences or develop on-site programming. Visit the CTL website to obtain the PD Application and find upcoming sessions.

►Join a committee.

►Participate in events hosted by Wright in Your Corner.

►Identify challenges within a program related to at-risk students or first-year students and suggest an intervention strategy.

Please note that all participation must support the goals and programs described in the approved grant. If you have questions regarding Title V, please contact Sara Schupack.

*Source: The Department of Education’s Website:  http://www2.ed.gov/programs/idueshsi/index.html

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