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Title III Grant

What is a Title III grant?

Title III is a highly competitive Department of Education grant program. The purpose of Title III is to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of Kirtland Community College.”


Kirtland Community College identified the need to expand online learning and outreach programs and services.
Our Title III project will: (1) Expand online courses, certificates and degrees; (2) Increase opportunities for faculty professional development; (3) Upgrade classroom technology to support effective pedagogy; (4) Develop comprehensive online services and information to support all learners; and (5) Increase resource development capacity.

In the fall of 2010, Kirtland Community College was notified of a five-year, $2 million dollar federal grant award to “Expand online learning and outreach programs and services”.

Institutional Background: Kirtland Community College (Kirtland) is a public community college located in Roscommon, Michigan. The main campus is situated on approximately 220 acres of beautifully wooded, rolling hills in, according to the college’s 2007 Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Systems Portfolio, “the middle of nowhere,” 170 miles north of Detroit in the central part of the lower peninsula of the State. The average round-trip commute for students to campus is 56 miles. Kirtland is the largest community college district in Michigan totaling 2,500 square miles with an approximate population of 72,000 people. The college serves all of five counties and parts of four other counties, (a geographic area about half the size of the state of Vermont). Kirtland also has an off-campus site—M-TEC (Michigan Technical Education Center) in the city of Gaylord, approximately 55 miles north of the central campus. Kirtland’s M-TEC is in Otsego County, which is outside of the main district. In 2004, Kirtland became an AQIP institution, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission—North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kirtland serves a district that is economically disadvantaged and underserved with a large number of residents who are deficient in basic academic skills. In Roscommon County more than 18.6 percent of families have incomes below the poverty line, and 58 percent of school age children qualify for the federal free and/or reduced lunch program. Kirtland offers 178 associate degrees; 91 certificates; five special certificates.

Title III Grant Overview

Funding Source: U.S. Dept of Education
Award Amount: $2,000,000
Start Date: October 1, 2010
End Date: September 30, 2015

Grant Objectives

Component 1: Expand Online Courses, Certificates and Degrees

Objective 1.1: Increase the annual number of full-time students from fully online courses to 600 from the 2009-2010 baseline of 210.9 full-time students.
Objective 1.2: 200 courses (new courses or revision to existing traditional courses) will be created/revised to be delivered fully online or hybrid (may include some face-to face components) compared to a baseline of zero new courses.
Objective 1.3: Increase the number of majors in new fully online certificate and degree programs to 200 from the 2009-2010 baseline of zero.

Component 2: Increase Opportunities For Faculty Professional Development

Objective 2.1: 100 full-time and adjunct faculty will 1) participate in a faculty development cohort AND 2) pilot their new skills in a class compared to a baseline of zero in 2009-2010.
Objective 2.2: Fall-to-fall persistence of students taking only online courses will increase to 40.0% compared to the four-year unweighted average baseline of 30.4%.

Component 3: Upgrade Classroom Technology to Support Effective Pedagogy

Objective 3.1:80% of full-time and part-time faculty responding to an annual survey will report using technology in newly equipped classrooms compared to a baseline of zero in 2009-2010.

Component 4: Develop Comprehensive Online Services & Information to Support All Learners

Objective 4.1: Develop 25 new online services or access to information not currently available online compared to services and information existing prior to October 1, 2010.

Component 5: Increase Resource Development Capacity

Objective 5.1: Increase the Kirtland Foundation’s four-year average annual gift revenue to $100,000 from the 2008-2010 baseline of $21,150.