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Title III

The following academic support options are funded through a Title III grant from the US Department of Education (DOE). 

What is Title III?

In 2016, the University received a grant from the DOE as a part of their Strengthening Institutions (Title III) program. The following programs are a part of the new Academic Support department at DSU.  

Program goals:

  • Increase academic success in high-risk gateway and major’s courses (defined as courses having success rates of less than 75%; success rates = C or higher)
  • Increase student timely degree completion with individualized support resources.  Low degree completion with 150% of time compared to peers (Baseline = 41%; Goal = 55%)
  • Reduce loss of enrollment revenue by retaining more students to the second year. Low first year to second-year retention compared to peers (Baseline = 64.9%; Goal = 75%)

Grant objectives:

  • Individualized Student Coaching provided by professional advisors & student peer coaches
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions for high-risk gateway and majors courses
  • Expanded Learning Assistance in the DSU Writing Center to support writing, reading, and reasoning skills for all undergraduate students

Title III Advisors

Kristen Uilk

Kristen Uilk

Activity Director / Learning Support Specialist & Student Code of Conduct Coordinator

Contact

Office Location: Learning Engagement Center
Phone: 605-256-7483
Email

Jim Moran

Jim Moran

Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs

Department

Academics

Education

B.A. Psychology and History, Duke University, 1971
M.S. Psychology, University of Oklahoma, 1975
Ph.D. Child and Family Studies, Oklahoma State University 1978

Biography

Dr. Jim Moran joined Dakota State University after serving as the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Vice-President for Accreditation and Student Success Initiatives at USD. He has also served as Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as interim president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Moran’s roles at the University of Tennessee included Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Human Ecology, and Vice President for the UT Research Corporation promoting the development and licensing of intellectual property.

Dr. Moran also served as a state representative to Complete College America and the Education Trust’s Access to Success Initiative and was appointed by the Governor to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council.  His biography is included in the Leaders in Family and Consumer Science volume published in 2016 and he served as that Association’s president in 2004-2005.

 

Contact

Office Location: Heston Hall
Phone: 605-256-5136
Email
Website

Penny Johnson

Penny Johnson

Professional Advising Coach

Department

Title III Student Retention

Contact

Office Location: Learning Engagement Center
Phone: 605-256-5103
Email

Addie Borah

Addie Borah

Professional Advising Coach

Department

Title III Student Retention

Contact

Office Location: Learning Engagement Center
Phone: 605-256-5065
Email

Lisa Hardie

Lisa Hardie

Professional Advising Coach

Department

Title III Student Retention

Contact

Office Location: Learning Engagement Center
Phone: 605-256-5090
Email

Nicole Bottjen

Nicole Bottjen

Professional Advising Coach

Department

Title III Student Retention

Contact

Office Location: Learning Engagement Center
Phone: 605-256-5068
Email

Laura Osborn

Laura Osborn

Director of Institutional Research

Department

Office of Institutional Research

Contact

Office Location: Heston Hall
Phone: 605-256-5023
Email