Office of Title III Program

2012-2017 HBCU Title III B Activities

This activity funds the Academic Advising and Retention Center (AARC) that includes the University’s Retention Office, the First and Second Year Experience Program, the Athletic Coordinator and the Advisement Center. This Center will place greater emphasis on the persistence and progress of all students. The goals of the AARC will support the Albany State University Graduation Improvement Plan (GRIP) submitted to the University System of Georgia. They include :

  1. re-evaluate and improve the academic advising and retention activities;
  2. help students make smooth transitions through their freshman and sophomore years; and,
  3. improve retention and graduation rates and (4) provide support to the student-athlete that will increase this cohort’s graduation and retention rates. It also supports the state of Georgia participation in Compete College America by emphasizing activities such as supplemental instruction and helping students to make appropriate academic and career choices.

This activity will significantly impact student retention and achievement at Albany State University (ASU). The activity will include :

  1. continued development of the two credit-hour ASU 1201 Foundations of College Success course, which lays the foundation for academic success and self-potential;
  2. a lecture series program that provides all ASU students access to distinguished lecturers and an atmosphere that directly engages students in intellectually stimulating discourse for learning beyond the classroom. The ASU 1201 course is aligned with these lectures; and
  3. the Velma Fudge Grant Honors Program that has a goal to develop academic scholars that are prepared for success in graduate/professional school and/or a career in their major areas. This activity provides access to special extracurricular programs, opportunities to pursue independent projects and research interests, professional experiences through internship programs, career exploration and service learning options. To improve teaching and learning, this activity will implement researched-based best practices faculty workshops involving assessment and evaluation, developing quality instruction and learning and preparing for academic tenure and promotion. Faculty Learning Communities will be developed.

This activity is designed to provide opportunities for male students to discover their authentic identities by allowing them to achieve their full potential as scholars and assume leadership roles in the community upon graduation. Strategies to increase retention, promote a positive self-image, engage in mentorship collaborations and through sponsored research provide critical information relating to MALES in our community. Strategies to improve the retention rate of male students will include faculty mentoring of MALES participants, tutoring, providing professional development through Saturday Academies and Male Dialogues as well as using other on-campus retention resources to monitor and address academic risks. Outreach to MALES elementary and secondary school students within institution’s 24-county service area will be provided mentorships and programs designed to promote academic achievement and higher education goals. Finally, this activity will be used to conduct research regarding males and to provide resources and information to all male initiatives in our twenty-four county service area. This activity will assist the Men Advocates for Leadership, Excellence, and Success to work vigorously to expand its scope and range on a continuous basis in order to advance the lives of males in Southwest Georgia.

Albany State University is a growing institution whose projected student enrollment will exceed the current business and academic technological capacity to efficiently and effectively support the faculty, staff, and student needs. To address this challenge and associated risks, state-of-the-art information technology and industry standard criterion and practices must be directed to supporting the institution’s strategic objectives, day-to-day operations, and the existing communications and network infrastructure. These newly deployed technologies, standards, and practices will increase the decision-making information to facilitate management of critical resources. The initial goals are to:

  1. Facilitate and track student’s experiences through graduation and transition to other institutions of higher education, and/or the work place.
  2. Assist faculty, staff, and students in the development and utilization of tools to produce information for academic planning and instruction, advisement, mentoring, training, and business operational needs.
  3. Create and maintain a communication infrastructure that promotes innovation and initiative, increases accuracy and availability of information, that is flexible and capable to facilitate mobility and boundary-less information exchange, and provides predictable sustainable consistent technological services for critical business and academic functions. To achieve this goal, the institution’s value-chain management process will be assessed and augmented with the appropriate technological systems (e.g., supply, resource planning, warehouse storage, distribution, and customer relations) to ensure the strategic objectives of the institution are achieved. The information derived from these efforts will further assist the institution’s leadership in managing governance, compliance, and risk to support further growth and expansion, beyond our current capacity and physical limitations so as to impact the surrounding community, state, and nation.

Assessment, analysis, and accreditation triangulate to provide a strong support for continuous quality improvement. The purpose of this activity is to enhance the availability of information useful for data supported decision making at Albany State University while developing capacity to effectively assess and document resulting quality improvement. Analysis and dissemination of information provides information necessary for campus leaders to make decisions that foster student success. Use of information for decision making promotes discovery of opportunities to enhance opportunities for all University stakeholders. Strategies for integrating data into the ASU decision making culture will include an annually updated fact book, submission of external surveys to support benchmarking, peer analysis to identify best practices, and dissemination of accurate and timely information to campus stakeholders proactively by using collaboratively designed and regularly delivered reports to decision makers. Ongoing assessment is critical to transforming the learning culture to one that encourages developmentally focused teaching-coaching and fostering success of all learners. Albany State University focuses the assessment plan on meeting regional accreditation requirements, cyclical comprehensive assessment of all programs and divisions, data and process support of individual program accreditation efforts, and continuous student learning outcome assessment…

This activity is designed to create profound change in the library’s virtual collection and print collection. Faculty, students, and staff will have access to academic excellence and achievement. This activity will assist in moving forward to retain our students, boost learning outcomes, and engage the attention of all who use the resources. The James Pendergrast Memorial Library will enhance the research collection of books, databases, and printed media. This activity will continue to improve the quality of library and provide access and full-text information sources that are available locally, nationally and globally.

Institutional Advancement is a deliberate effort for building capacity, enhancement and sustainability at Albany State University. To increase and enhance academic programs the University must improve on the solicitation and receipt of external funding from external sources. The development and establishment of a vigorous and productive institutional advancement organization will strengthen the University’s capacity to obtain investment from private sources –specifically, alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations. These efforts will:

  1. Broaden the understanding of the University’s strategic priorities and core values for the purpose of future cultivation and support among its various constituents.
  2. Focus the advancement efforts on increasing alumni participation and giving.
  3. Reposition Albany State as a quality, public university. In order to develop ongoing financial stability for the University, the implementation of a strategy to build a comprehensive advancement program with the primary focus on raising more private funds will help us to accomplish these goals.

The primary mission of this activity is to empower and educate students through career education in preparation for a global workforce. The Office of Career Services will create an environment focused on building students for community and global prominence. Through this activity, students will be assisted to develop self-awareness, improve their decision making, and learn how to develop short and long term career goals. Students will explore and pursue educational opportunities in graduate school. Career pre-service programs will be increased and enhanced to provide hands-on experience for students within the career choice by increasing collaborations with corporations and businesses. Through the five major objectives outlined in this activity, students will develop a greater understanding of the connections between academic coursework and their future career. In addition, students will understand the current labor market and the workforce realities in today’s economy. Ultimately, students will become more career focused, better informed; thus, gaining a sense of achievement and have greater ownership of their career choices.

Albany State University values quality learning, teaching, research, and service as cornerstones to our University experience. The University over the next five years is committed to providing innovative educational programs and services to meet the diverse educational needs of its students. This activity will fund the undergirding of these programs including learning communities, faculty in critical areas, and undergraduate research. Faculty and staff development will also be provided in order to strengthen our human resource base. This activity will also assist in the establishment of four Centers of Excellence in the areas of Social Justice, Innovation, Community Engagement and Process Improvement. The centers will serve as a resource hub in supporting research, global learning and global affairs, innovative teaching and learning, and best business practices. It will benefit our students, faculty, and administrators as well as external stakeholders within the 24-county service area. This activity will support the assurance of quality customer service as a strategic business objective.