Franklin University is proud to announce the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $3 million for its “Increasing Student Success Start-to-Finish” project under its Strengthening Institutions Program. The Title III Part A funding helps support institutions as they strengthen academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability, and increase their capacity to serve low-income students.
Funds granted under the Strengthening Institutions Program may be used for planning, faculty development, and establishing endowment funds, as well as administrative management. Other projects include joint use of instructional facilities, construction and maintenance, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative, customized, instruction courses designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion, which may include remedial education and English language instruction.
Funds awards through the five-year grant will help address seven areas of activity aimed at increasing academic success and improving student persistence and retention. Specific areas of focus are:
• Placement testing that can block student advancement
• Developmental education curriculum
• Revision of “gateway” courses with an increased emphasis on active learning strategies as well as targeted professional development support for faculty who teach them
• Real-time data and analytics to inform instruction, student support and planning
• Intrusive advising
• Early alert software
• Professional development
“We are honored and excited to be awarded this grant,” said Dr. Lynne Hull, Franklin University, and Dean of Students, who helped write the proposal for Franklin. “Through this grant, we have the opportunity to further elevate our long-standing reputation for being student-focused by focusing on the areas that matter most to our students, those that provide the foundation for their success and ultimate achievement of their educational goals.”
Awarded over a five-year period, the first installment of the $3 million grant will be awarded October 2017 and cover a one-year period. The subsequent four disbursements will be awarded annually in October and cover a one-year period, with the final award disbursed on Oct. 1, 2021.
Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.
Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.