Adams State receives $3.6 million in Title V grants for education access

(10-06-2014)

Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, Adams State University was recently awarded two grants totaling more than $3.6 million to improve educational access for Hispanic and low-income students, according to Adams State Grant Specialist Tawney Becker.

These awards bring the total Title V funding Adams State has received since 2000 to more than $17.7 million.

Graduate Support Center will improve master's degree attainment

A five-year grant of $2,838,865 will help Adams State expand education opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students. It was awarded by the Department of Education's Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA), a Title V program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's). HSI is a federal designation for colleges and universities with more than 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. The grant amount for the first year is $574,327.

To improve the four-year master's degree attainment rate - now at 50 percent - for Hispanic and low-income students by 15% over the grant period, the project will create a Graduate Support Center (GSC) that will offer students on-campus and online support services. These will include

  • Academic and professional skill-building workshop
  • A team of Alumni Mentors
  • Access to streamlined university processes
  • Incentive stipends and graduate assistantships to support academic success

Faculty and staff learning communities will also be created for professional development and best practice sharing.

Adams State cooperates with UNM-Taos & NM Highlands

Title V for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's) awarded $3,196,636 over five years for a cooperative project led by University of New Mexico-Taos, "UNIDOS: Building Pathways to Access and Opportunity for the Upper Rio Grande Region." New Mexico Highlands University is the third partner in the project; all three are HSIs.

The Title V Project will build upon the strengths of all three HSI's to address barriers of geography, distance, and under-funded K-16 educational systems - all of which prevent the region's communities and residents from accessing quality postsecondary opportunities.

The goals are to:

  • increase enrollment and success of Hispanics and other students at all three institutions 
  • increase in the number of distance education courses (online and ITV) available to students across northern New Mexico
  • improve faculty capacity to develop distance education courses and teach effectively in distance modes

Adams State will receive $841,470, divided fairly equally over the grant period. The grant will fund a full-time designer/trainer in distance pedagogy, a new lecture capture system and other distance technology upgrades, professional development for faculty in distance pedagogy, online degree development, and other collaborative efforts. Inter-library loan and other digital library services will also be improved.

By Julie Waechter