Mississippians might expect it to be the job of the state’s public university administrations to always look for ways to provide services that students value and can use. Apparently the ‘W’ needed a financial incentive from the federal government.
Newsms.fm reports that Mississippi University for Women has been awarded a $1.5 million grant over a five-year period from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III program to implement processes that will improve retention and graduation rates and streamline the student advising process.
This nationally competitive grant, under the “Strengthening Institutions,” program is the first of this kind to be the awarded to The W.
Dr. David Brooking, director of The W’s Student Success Center and Title III Project, said Title III grants help support institutions that serve low-income students by strengthening the academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability of eligible institutions. The grant will run through September 2023.
The W’s grant will cover programs including redesigning intermediate education courses, professional development for intermediate education instructors, release time for faculty-led enhancements and improvements, establishing a peer mentoring program, and implementing a web-based tutoring program.