Student programming remains important to University of Houston-Clear Lake and a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will give the university an opportunity to strengthen programming initiatives.
Principal investigator and UH-Clear Lake Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Carl A. Stockton received the funds for a grant titled “Transition Programs and Early-Alert for First-Time Students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake,” which was awarded by the Office of Postsecondary Education: Strengthening Institutions Program. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Healthcare Administration Mrinal Mugdh Varma is the co-principal investigator of the grant.
“This grant was a team effort from the Office of the Provost, which includes the divisions of academic affairs, student services and enrollment management,” says Stockton. “I wish to thank the grant writers and the Office of Sponsored Programs.”
The grant is the first Title III grant the university has received since becoming a Hispanic-serving institution – a designation required for the grant. Funds can be used for such purposes as planning, faculty development, student support programs designed to improve academic success and customized courses such as the First-Year Experience Seminar and Transfer Seminar, which are designed to help retain students and see them through program completion. The overall goal of these courses is to develop habits and skills necessary to be successful in college-level coursework.
“Our proposed Title III grant will focus on increased student support and engagement, leading to increased retention and graduation rates,” adds Stockton. “The program will engage first-time as well as transfer students with less than 60 hours, focusing especially on high-needs students.”
The Strengthening Institutions Program funds this grant for five years. It will connect students with resources on campus, as well as strengthen these resources. Students’ academic progress will be closely monitored to provide the necessary support so students will be successful in their studies.
For more information about this grant, call the UH-Clear Lake Office of the Provost, 281-283-3000.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.