Title III at Meharry
The Title III Institutional Aid Program is intended to equalize educational opportunities for disadvantaged students by assisting eligible colleges and universities. Eligible institutions are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGIs), and other institutions with limited financial resources that serve a high percentage of students receiving need-based federal financial assistance. This federal program currently provides assistance to more than 350 postsecondary institutions. Grant funds may be used to improve academic programs, student services, institutional management, and financial stability. At the institutional level, a wide range of activities has been funded under these umbrella objectives. Even within a single institution, Title III funds are typically used to support more than one activity – the number of funded activities changes from year to year.
The core mission of the Meharry Title III Office is to serve as the central administrative office for the management of the Title III funded activities. The office assists the college by ensuring planning, management, budgetary and administrative oversight, technical assistance and evaluation of each activity. These functions, when applied in concert with other campus administrative activities, strengthen the total infrastructure of the College. Additionally, the office serves as a liaison between Meharry Medical College and the U.S. Department of Education.
The Title III Office must interlock the institutional perspective and comprehension of the institution’s mission, goals and objectives with the Strengthening of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Program and the Strengthening of Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGIs) Program in order to affect long range plans for utilization of Title III funding.