Title V Grant

Title V Grant

What is Title V?

Title V is a federally funded grant program through the U.S. Department of Education. Title V funding is competitively awarded to institutions of higher education serving Hispanic, low-income and under-represented student populations. These postsecondary institutions, HSIs (Hispanic-Serving Institutions), are eligible based on enrollment documentation of a “fixed” percentage of full-time Hispanic undergraduate students in the year preceding the grant award. Other factors included in awarding Title V funding: the per capita income-level, the educational needs of the community, the institution’s vision for educational development through offering academically enhanced courses and rigorous programs.

How do institutions benefit from Title V?

Title V funding is competitive and awarded based on the merit of the project proposal, a 75 – 80 page document narrative that identifies educational challenges faced by the institution and planned strategies for improving the educational success rate within their institution.  Three independent readers read each project proposal. Readers award points using a standardized rubric in seven areas: comprehensive development plan, quality of the activities, quality of implementation strategy, quality of key personnel, project management, strategic plan & summative and formative data analysis, and budget.
The project proposal must clearly demonstrate how educational opportunities are expanded and improved for Hispanic and low-income students.  Title V funding aims to enhance academic course development, improve program quality and provide institutional stability.  Title V grants do not have to be paid back; the funding is intended to provide educational equity.

Title V ‘jump starts’ academic development in HSIs, and all students benefit!

What are Title V project initiatives?

Project initiatives are the goals identified and evaluated in the Title V project proposal. When a Title V project proposal is awarded, the goals become ‘obligations’ that must be measured and reported to the federal government in an online Annual Performance Report (APR). Title V initiatives may focus on developing specific academic programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics), improving student support services, supporting development of online learning, renovating instructional facilities, updating laboratory equipment, sponsoring faculty development, or redesigning instructional courses to meet the specific needs of the student population served.

What are the initiatives of the NMSU Grants Title V project?

The NMSU Grants Title V project is a ‘single’ grant initiative, “Connecting to STEM: Identifying the path”. In order to achieve this 5-year goal, the following measurable activities are underway:

  • Equip a Faculty Distance Education Studio for training faculty in online course development (1.1)
  • Provide systematic training in online learning and web-based best practices (1.2, 4.1, 7.1 & 10.1)
  • Redesign and develop web-based STEM and General Education courses to support Distance Education initiatives (1.3, 4.2 & 7.2)
  • Construction of an Environmental / Chemistry Lab (9.1)
  • Update existing science lab equipment (6.1)
  • Set-up 3 “outreach computer labs” to support web-based learning and provide support services to NMSU Grants students. (5.5, 7.4 & 9.2)

Long-term benefits from Title V funding and successful project management:

  • Increased student retention
  • Increased full-time student enrollment to institutional capacity
  • Increased number of students completing 2-year Associate degrees and transferring into 4-year degree programs (emphasis placed on Associate of Science degrees)
  • Increase the number of Hispanic students pursuing STEM careers

What is the NMSU Grants Title V Endowment?

The Title V Endowment option is a unique ‘gifting’ component that works on a ‘one dollar to one federal dollar’ matching principle!  The purpose of the Title V Endowment component is to insure HSIs have an ‘invested funding source’ necessary for providing future higher education students with academically rigorous courses and the highest quality programs and educational resources. The Title V Endowment option aims to provide the institution with fiscal stability.

Funded Title V projects may elect to ‘endowment match’ up to 20% of their five-year grant funds! The actual percentage of funds identified for ‘endowment match’ is up to the HSIs institutional president, and forms a part of the project’s initial proposal. The Title V Endowment component must comply with federal regulations and annual report on invested endowment matched funds.

The federal portion of endowment dollars is only drawn-down and matched, dollar for dollar, to the amount raised by the Title V project.
Our NMSU Grants Title V project, “Connecting to STEM: Identifying the Path” is fortunate to have the ‘Endowment Match’ component, and thus the opportunity for NMSU Grants to invite generous donors to give through:

NMSU Grants’ “Fund for Excellence”
Contact: bwise@nmsu.edu

These are exciting times on the NMSU Grants campus and we look forward to sharing success stories along the way!

The NMSU Grants’ Title V Office – North House (just south of Martinez Hall)

Stop by our Title V office or contact us:

Gayle Lundgren Whitson (Project Director)
(505) 287 6684

Marlene Chavez-Toivanen (Activities Coordinator)
(505) 287 6652

Janie Gutierrez (Administrative Assistant)
(505) 287 6674

What to know more about the US Department of Education, and federally funded programs and resources?

U. S. Department of Education (ED)

Office of Postsecondary Education

FREE Teaching Resources “Federal Resources for Educational Excellence”

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