Title III Office

Title III: Strengthening Grants ProgramThe Office of Title III provides assistance to strengthen Alabama A&M University in the areas of academics, student support services, information technology, fiscal administrative management, and facilities. The Title III Office is committed to assisting the University with promoting excellence in student learning, faculty and staff development, and ensuring adequate educational learning environments through administering grant funds provided by the Department of Education.

Who We Are

Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program, authorizes a program of special assistance to strengthen the quality of developing institutions which have the desire and potential to make a substantial contribution to the higher education resources of the nation, but are struggling for survival and are isolated from the main currents of  academic life.  Amendments to the Act have altered some elements of the program, but it remains as written — an instrument to provide assistance to institutions demonstrating a constructive effort to strengthen themselves.

Alabama A&M University has three programs funded under Title III Strengthening Grants Program: (1) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), (2) Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI), and (3) Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). Each program has funded project activities designed to help meet various University Strategic Goals.

HBCU Activities

  • Activity #1 - Optimizing Information Technology Service (OITS) to Improve student Success

    Activity Director: Dr. Damian Clarke
    Email Address: damian.clarke@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-8350

    Activity Abstract: This activity represents a university-wide IT initiative focused on advancing information technology services to improve student success (enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates) by delivering robust, reliable, secure, and dependable IT tools and services that are operationally eminent.

    Goals for this activity are to:

    1. Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Enterprise Systems (administrative and academic), business intelligence tools, and student self-service capabilities to automate business processes and enable data drive decision making
    2. Strengthen the IT infrastructure and communication services to adequately support student learning initiatives (traditional and online), and implement technologies to create a safe teaching and learning environment at the university.
    3. Ensure learning spaces (classrooms, student labs, and faculty training facilities) are fitted with consistent technology appropriate for the learning environment, virtual spaces meet the needs of instructors and learners, the university learning management system meets the needs of online degree programs, and adequate support and training is provided to ensure learner needs are met.
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  • Activity #2 - Enhancing Student Success and Engagement

    Activity Director: Dr. Pamela Thompson
    Email Address: pamela.thompson1@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-4427

    Activity Abstract: The Enhancing Student Success and Engagement activity is designed to assist the academic, social and personal well-being of students and exists to engage students in reaching their academic goals. The Freshman Academy, the Academic Recovery Program staff, the Tutorial Assistant Network (TAN), and Student Success and Engagement Initiatives (Data Research Analyst) will assist students in overcoming academic deficiencies and life difficulties shown to impair their chances of succeeding in college by providing collaborative, wrap-around services to help them develop the necessary skills, habits and knowledge to be academically successful. The goals for the Enhancing Student Success and Engagement activity are to increase retention, persistence and ultimately graduation rates by enriching the academic progression of academically at-risk students at Alabama A&M University.

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  • Activity #3 - Revitalization Facilities Physical Infrastructure

    Activity Director: Mr. Brian Shipp
    Email Address: brian.shipp@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-4276

    Activity Abstract: AAMU is a leading research institution with world class programs. The continued success of these programs is greatly dependent upon the existence of well maintained, state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities as well as being able to provide a safe environment for students by being compliant with federal and state safety regulations. AAMU has strategically developed a plan through the Revitalization of Facilities Physical Infrastructure which proposes to: (1) enhance the University's physical resources and space utilization through renovations, maintenance and improvements in academic and living and learning facilities, classrooms, libraries, laboratories or other instructional facilities and (2) increase safety/life through upgrades of fire safety codes, fire alarm systems and the like in academic facilities. Finally, the activities above all serve to build academic quality, Institutional management, student support services and administrative management.

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HBGI Activities

  • Activity #1 - Strengthening Information Technology/Distance Learning Support

    Activity Director: Dr. Damian Clarke
    Email Address: damian.clarke@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number:

    Activity Abstract: This activity is directed toward strengthening campus-wide information technology (IT) and distance learning programs. By providing state-of-the art technology and applications, we will enhance student learning and outcomes. This coordinated effort in distance learning will work in conjunction with the existing campus network while helping to strengthen the IT network.

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  • Activity #2 - Strengthening Optics and Material Science Graduate Program

    Activity Director: Dr. Mohan Aggarwal
    Email Address: mohan.aggarwal@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-8132

    Activity Abstract: This activity focuses on increasing the number of African Americans with a Ph.D. degree in Physics, as well as improving, renovating and equipping research labs, and enhancing the curriculum. This activity has significantly aided our current African-American research graduates as they work toward the completion of their Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics and Space Science.

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  • Activity #3 - Strengthening Food Science Graduate Program

    Activity Director: Dr. Martha Verghese
    Email Address: martha.verghese@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-4175

    Activity Abstract: The overall objective of this activity is to increase the number of African American Ph.D. and M.S. graduates in Food Science. It also focuses on enhancing the curriculum, and improving, renovating and equipping our laboratories for graduate research.

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  • Activity #4 - Strengthening Bio-Environmental Science Graduate Programs

    Activity Director: Dr. Wubishet Tadesse
    Email Address: wubishet.tadesse@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-4252

    Activity Abstract: The purpose of this activity is to increase the number of under-represented African Americans with graduate training in bio-environmental sciences. Also, the activity helps to support tasks that enhance the curriculum and faculty expertise, as well as, equipment and facilities that improve the program’s posture in doctoral level program offerings.

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  • Activity #5 - Strengthening Contributions from Corporate, Governmental, and Philanthropic Entities

    Activity Director: Dr. Archie Tucker
    Email Address: archie.tucker@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-8344

    Activity Abstract: The purpose of this activity is to identify and establish partnerships and relationships with governmental and private corporate industries. Securing executives – on loan, student internships, scholarships, summer faculty assignments and equipment are some of the benefits realized from the current partnerships.

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  • Activity #6 - Strengthening Computer Science Graduate Program

    Activity Director: Dr. Joel Fu
    Email Address: jian.fu@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-5657

    Activity Abstract: The objective of this activity is to increase the number of African Americans in the Computer Science (CS) field. The CS program has adopted new courses, purchased multi-core machines and parallel technology to be used for CS research and teaching laboratories for graduate students.

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  • Activity #7 - Strengthening Fiscal Stability and Administrative Management

    Activity Director: Mr. Clayton Gibson
    Email Address: clayton.gibson@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-5221

    Activity Abstract: The objective of this activity is to improve internal controls of the fiscal and administrative operations of the University; to develop and implement a fiscal/financial plan for the University and to improve and enhance the fiscal accountability of the University in managing and controlling it's various funds, revenues and expenditures so that the University is responsive to its constituents and to the State.

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  • Activity #8 - Strengthening STEM Graduate Studies

    Activity Director: Dr. Chance Glenn
    Email Address: chance.glenn@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-5560

    Activity Abstract: This activity seeks to increase the number of STEM graduate students at the Masters level. Currently the university offers a Masters of Engineering degree in Systems and Materiel Engineering, and a Master’s in Biology, as well as Computer Science, Physics and Plant and Soil Science. By establishing this activity the university will be competitive with other regional universities in attracting talented African American students into graduate programs internally and externally.

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  • Activity #9 - Strengthening Teacher Education Graduate Studies

    Activity Director: Dr. Lena Walton
    Email Address: lena.walton@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-5500

    Activity Abstract: The objective of this activity is to increase the number of African Americans in graduate level education programs. These programs are in various areas including traditional early childhood, elementary education, reading and special education; vocational and career technical programs; and programs in secondary certification programs.

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  • Activity #10 - Strengthening Physical Facilities

    Activity Director: Mr. Brian Shipp
    Email Address: brian.shipp@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-4276

    Activity Abstract: This activity aims to enhance the University’s structural, mechanical, electrical, and appearance of facilities through renovations, equipment, maintenance and improvements. This will be accomplished by addressing ADA, life, fire and physical safety of students, faculty and staff, through upgrades of classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and research facilities.

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SAFRA Activities

  • Activity #1: Continuing Support for the Centers of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

    Activity Director: Dr. Pamela Arrington
    Email Address: pamela.arrington@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-8231

    Activity Abstract: CETL’s original and continuing goals are to (1) engage faculty in conversations about the most recent advances in pedagogical approaches via in-house seminars and workshops and workshops led by outside consultants; (2) provide funding for faculty attendance of regional and national conferences on the scholarship of teaching and learning and in their disciplines; and (3) offer resources to assist faculty with the infusion of technology in instruction.

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  • Activity #2: Improving Retention through Excellence in Education and Service

    Activity Director: Dr. Malinda Wilson Swoope
    Email Address: malinda.swoope@aamu.edu
    Telephone Number: 256-372-4427

    Activity Abstract: A current issue of concern in higher education institutions across the world is the retention and success of students in their studies. It is the University’s goal to increase its retention, persistence and graduation rates. The Office of Retention and Persistence has been established at AAMU in order to achieve this goal.

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Contact Us

Title III Office
Phone: 256-372-5550
Fax: 256-372-5549
Patton Hall, Room 215
​Dr. Andrea Cunningham
Omar Murraine
Budget Analyst
Torin Malone
Grants Specialist
Ursula Brooks
Technical Assistant

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