Tarleton Receives $ 1.97 Million Title III Institution Building Grant

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STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton State University received a United States Department of Education Title III Institutional Strengthening Program grant of $ 1.97 million to support Texan Smart (Access, Opportunity and Achievement ), specifically improving the school’s pupil-counselor ratio and expanding tutoring services.

“Title III scholarships are extremely competitive and in high demand by post-secondary institutions nationally,” said Dr. Karen Murray, Senior Vice President and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “This is a game changer for Tarleton. It will help increase educational opportunities and further advance the success of our underrepresented first generation students.”

Over 50% of Tarleton Texans are the first in their family to graduate from college, and nearly 40% of all students are eligible for the Pell Scholarship.

Dr. Jennifer Edwards, Assistant Vice-President and Assistant Vice-President of Academic Diversity Initiatives, is the proponent.

“There is no doubt that this grant will have a profound impact on how we serve our students,” said Dr. Edwards. “This will reduce achievement gaps and remove barriers to success by better aligning student needs with increased support.” “

The grant will create a financial hub and also expand academic guidance to help first-time students make informed choices about meta majors and clear pathways to graduation. Six additional counselors will be hired to reduce the student-counselor ratio by 25%.

Spread over five years, the funds will increase tutoring services and applied learning experiences, internships and job placement assistance.

Tarleton’s Quality Improvement Plan for 2021-2026, Texan Smart debuted in February to provide students with the skills and confidence to be financially fit today and long after graduation. their diploma. This is part of the recent reaffirmation of the school by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Research by the US Financial Literacy and Education Commission shows that students often underestimate the amount of student debt they incur, worry about their ability to repay, struggle with credit card debt important and may even engage in subprime borrowing.

“Money plays a vital role in our lives, and not having enough has an impact on health as well as school performance,” said Murray. “Texan Smart’s resources and programs put our students on the path to sustainable financial well-being. “


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