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Title III

A Strengthening Institutions Program

Bobcat OrientationWhat is Title III?

The Title III-A Strengthening Institutions Program provides funds to colleges and universities to expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing support to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability. 

Project Plan:

In fall of 2016, Central Oregon Community College (COCC) was awarded a $2.25 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of this project is to increase successful transitions from developmental writing and math to college-level courses, and to improve retention rates for first-year students. Both Title III components are designed to support COCC students who have historically been at high risk of not completing their educational goals.

Title III Goals:

Activity 1a: Successful Transitions to College-Level Writing

  1. Redesign developmental placement and developmental pathway options for students.
  2. Professional development and training for all instructors of developmental writing.
  3. Smaller class-size strategies.
  4. Technology support for COCC’s campuses in Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville. 

Activity 1b: Successful Transition to College-Level Math

  1. Redesign developmental placement and developmental pathway options for students.
  2. New practices for math to include, but not limited to, compression of curriculum and contextualized math for CTE programs.
  3. Math pathways for non-math/science majors, including development of a quantitative literacy course.

Activity 2: First-Year Experience for Increased Retention 

  1. Develop and implement a comprehensive FYE program to include a new student orientation, advising and registration process; college success course, including online, hybrid and Spanish offerings; and on-going academic advising.
  2. Implement DegreeWorks Planner (an academic planning tool).


For information please contact:

Delia Go
Project Coordinator, Title III SIP Grant