Title III Programs
The Title III Programs at Morgan State University are funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, and the Strengthening Historically Black Institutions Graduate Program. The Title III Programs consist of a variety of funded activities which facilitate the achievement of Morgan's Urban Mission. Currently, there are 28 programs funded under the Title III grant. These programs, including directors, are listed below.
The Coordinator of the Title III Programs, Dr. James H. Haynes, has administered the program for 20 years. His office is located in the Montebello Complex, Room 305, on the campus of Morgan State University. His telephone number is 443.885.3573.
ACTIVITIES FUNDED UNDER TITLE III
- Office of Academic Support for First-Year Students
This activity is designed to provide supplemental educational opportunities and support services to students in need of academic assistance. Specifically, this program targets students who enter the institution with special academic needs. The program, directed by Dr. Jacqueline Martin, coordinates the services provided through four units including, the Center for Centralized Academic Advisement, the Freshman Studies Program, and the Pre-College Program.
- A retention rate of 90% for students progressing from freshman to sophomore level.
- A decline in the number of students on academic probation to less than 25% after one year of study.
- An increase in the number of students achieving the Dean's List.
- Integrating the Web into Campus Operations
The project is designed to develop and promote the integration of computer and information technology into the academic and administrative operations of the campus and to enhance the ability of campus personnel to utilize this technology. The personnel supported through this activity facilitate the overall implementation of technology on the campus through the production, storage, and dissemination of data for use in academic programs as well as through administrative operations. Specific attention is given to supporting the development of computer laboratories in each of the major academic schools. The program, directed by Dr. Joseph Popovich, also emphasizes the training of faculty, staff and students in the use of various technologies and keeping the same abreast of new developments in computer technology.
- Regular incorporation of technology in classroom instruction by nearly 50% of the faculty.
- Completion of a $3.2 million project for adding multimedia equipment in all classrooms and labs in McMechen Hall, which houses the School of Business and Management.
- Development of an interactive instructional television studio.
- An increase in the number of faculty with web pages to 175 out of 325.
- An increase in the number of visitors per month through the institution's web page to about three million. Additionally, about 1/3 of the admission applications to the university were made over the Internet.
- The Center for Distance Education and Learning Technologies
The goal of the Center is to create an effective distance education program via on-line courses and television mediums. The Center, directed by Dr. Lionel Duncan, works with faculty to develop and create strategies for providing on-line courses as well as providing academic instruction via other types of mediums.
- Since its inception, more than 10 courses are offered on-line.
- The Center has initiated and hosted a number of Teleconferences for on-campus and community based organizations.
- The Center has held more than 11 workshops dealing with Distance Education and on-line instruction.
- The Professional Development Center
The purpose of this initiative is to foster a partnership of teacher training and education between Morgan State University and the public schools of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County. This collaboration, directed by Dr. Winona Taylor, focuses on the empowerment of stakeholders through an improvement of teaching and learning.
- More than 200 students have majors in either elementary education or secondary education.
- More than 203 in-service teachers have been trained through the Center.
- The Center has established 14 Professional Development Schools, including three high schools, one middle school, and three elementary schools.
- The Development Enhancement Center
The activity is designed to create a Prospect Research Office and Office of Annual Funds. The major goals of this Center, directed by Ms. Cheryl Y. Hitchcock, support the overall mission of Morgan State University by providing the resources needed as the institution pursues excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Additionally, the program seeks to foster and encourage a lifelong commitment of support for and participation in university activities by alumni and friends of the university.
- The university has garnered corporate support in major schools, including $1,500,000 gift for the Fine Arts, a $500,000 gift to the School of Business and Management, and over 15% increase in gifts from corporations to the School of Engineering.
- The university continues to see an increase in the amount of giving to the institution. This increase is apparent in the amount of alumni giving through the Maryland Charities Campaign and the Annual Fund Drive.
- The Comprehensive Program for Undeclared Majors
This activity is developed to provide comprehensive academic advisement for undeclared majors at the institution. The program, directed by Mr. Henry Goodman, also assists in the advisement of students in the Freshman Studies Program, the Pre-College Program and the Access/ Success Program.
- More than 5,000 undeclared students have been advised, with more than 70% declaring a major after the second year.
- A reduction of more than 35% in the number of students on academic probation.
- The Enhanced Student Support for Engineering
This program, directed by Mr. Charles Hall, is designed to provide internship experiences and work experiences for students in the School of Engineering. Over 600 students have benefited from this activity, with opportunities provided throughout the nation and in some instances, abroad.
More than 1,000 students have benefited from the internship and cooperative education experiences.
- The Center for Teaching Mathematics, Science, and Technology
This activity is designed to facilitate the preparation of mathematics and science teachers at the pre-service and in-service levels. The program, directed by Dr. Anasuya Swamy, also attempts to provide expanded experiences in both content and methodology of delivery to those science and mathematics majors who are preparing for careers in teaching.
- In this year alone, the number of science and mathematics majors has increased from 636 to 703 students.
- Sponsored a Summer Institute in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences for 20 teachers in the Baltimore Public School System.
- Increased the number of majors in the sciences to 640 students.
- The Office of Research Support and Academic Technology Manangement
This office was established to implement an effective technologically driven administrative infrastructure for stimulating faculty involvement in research, processing research proposals, and administering extramural research awards. The primary goal of this activity, directed by Dr. Edet Isuk, is to create a research administration process and sponsored research information support system for Morgan State that is technology- based, yet flexible enough to meet current challenges and to anticipate changes for the future.
- A software program was developed using MS Excel for tracking grant awards.
- Over three workshops were held for faculty in proposal development.
- Increased the number of extramural award by 30% to over $18 million.
- The Enhancing of the Academic Achievement of Student Athletes
This program, directed by Mrs. Kimberly Ross-Watkins, was designed to promote success and increase retention of student athletes. Because of the varied schedules of different athletes, the institution determined that the best strategy is to have a separate unit, in which to provide attention and academic support.
- Initiated workshops on Personal Development and Resume writing and Interview Skills for all athletes.
- Reduced the number of athletes on academic probation by 35%.
- The Development of a Curriculum-Based Honors Program
The purpose of this activity is to provide enhanced academic instruction and support services to students who are enrolled as Honors Students. The program, directed by Dr. Don Brunson, works through the College of Liberal Arts to establish reserve sections (honors sections) in the General Education curriculum.
- Provided supplemental instruction and academic support to more than 2,000 honors students.
- Increased the number of students who are inducted into the national honors societies, including the Promethean Kappa Tau Honor Society, The Alpha Lambda Delta/ Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and the Golden Key International Honors Society.
- The Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center
This program, directed by Dr. Otis Thomas, is designed to initiate an academic program in entrepreneurialship, thus training students in the theory and practice of business development. Further, the activity emphasizes services to local small businesses, which act as stimuli and on-site practical experiences for students.
- Provided instruction to more than 200 students in classes offered through the Entrepreneurialship program.
- Provided services to more than 100 local small businesses.
- The Hospitality Management Program
The purposes of this program, directed by Dr. Charles Monagan, it to develop a B.S. in Hospitality Management with an emphasis on hotel and restaurant management theory and practice.
- Over 200 students have registered as majors in the Hospitality Management Program.
- To date, around 80 students have been awarded degrees in Hospitality Management, and all have received or offered position in the field.
- The Center for Global Studies
The Center for Global Studies, directed by Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma, is designed to implement a program in international studies by establishing faculty exchanges, student exchanges, and also establishing study-abroad programs.
- Held a major workshop on campus with officials from USAID and UNCF to speak about International Development Partnerships and other funding sources.
- Sponsored a summer training and field study program in China for about 10 faculty. Funding arranged via a NSEP grant.
- The Faculty Development and Research Incentive Program
This program, directed by Dr. Margaret Roberts-Davis, is established to provide programs of faculty development to include, grant awards for summer research and travel awards for faculty to present their research at various conferences.
- To date, around 42 faculty have received research grants and have delivered the results at major conferences. Additionally, some have published their results in national academic journals.
- To date, more than 128 faculty members have received travel awards to present their research results at national and international conferences
- The Strengthening of the Academic Program of the Institute of Architecture and Planning
This program, directed by Dr. Richard Lloyd, is designed to strengthen the graduate and undergraduate programs in Architecture and Environmental Design.
More than 100 students enrolled in the B.S. of Architecture Program.
- Enhancement of the Campus Information Systems Infrastructure to Better Support Graduate Education
This activity is designed to provide technological support to graduate programs, specifically the science, mathematics and engineering courses. The program, directed by Dr. Joseph Popovich, provides general technician and supervisory support in specified computer laboratories to allow a high rate of utilization and to permit extended operating hours. The program also provides specialized assistance to specific graduate programs, with emphasis in curriculum and technology.
- Increased the utilization of computer labs through course curricula and extended hours to accommodate graduate evening courses.
- Increased the rate at which information is transmitted over the network thus reducing downtime.
- The Development of the Ed.D. In Science and Mathematics Education
The Doctoral Program for Science and Mathematics Education, directed by Dr. Glenda Prime specifically aims to address the problem of under-achievement of minority students in mathematics and science at all levels of the school system. The program does this by seeking to produce a cadre of highly prepared mathematics and science educators who are committed to reform in mathematics and science and are equipped to serve as classroom practitioners, curriculum developers and supervisors, and policy-makers for science and mathematics education.
Since its inception in 1997 the enrollment in the program has grown to 30 students and the first graduates are expected to receive their doctorates in Spring 2002; The program is already having a positive impact on school mathematics and science as several of the students have been promoted to positions of leadership in their schools and others have presented their research at national conferences.
- The Bridge Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering Program
The purpose of this program, directed by Dr. Maurice Taylor, is to increase the number of minorities who major, and subsequently received careers, in engineering. Special emphasis is given to increasing minorities with terminal degrees in engineering.
Since its inception, more than 30 students have received graduate degrees in Engineering.
- The Doctorate in Public Health Program
This program, directed by Dr. Yvonne Bronner, is designed to increase the number of minorities who major in and subsequently received careers in Public Health. Public Health issues have become a major point of interest in minority communities around the country. Increasing the number of minorities who specialize in addressing these issues is a major component of this program.
To date, over 100 students have registered for courses in the Public Health Program. In Spring 2003, seven masters and five doctorates were awarded.
- The Ph.D. in Bioenvironmental Science Program
This program, directed by Dr. Nathaniel Knox, is designed to increase the number of minorities who major and subsequently received degrees in Bioenvironmental Science. This emphasis is especially important given the disproportionate number of minorities in this country who suffer from ailments brought about because of environmental circumstances.
Currently there are twelve students enrolled in this program.