Kilgore College was selected to receive a U.S. Department of Education 2017 Part F Title III Strengthening Institutions grant worth $2,998,352 over a five-year cycle.
KC was one of only two two-year colleges to receive a Part F grant and the only Texas college to be awarded a grant from either of the two Title III programs.
Only seven colleges nationwide received the Title III grant out of 103 institutions that applied.
The grant is being be used at KC to upgrade the college’s technology infrastructure, improve student retention and increase the number of online class options at KC with about 50 online courses being designed or redesigned.
The increase of online classes will allow students to complete an associate’s degree in computer networking entirely online and an associate’s degree in criminal justice almost entirely online.
It also funds a Faculty Innovation Center where full-time and part-time KC faculty members work in groups or individually with an experienced instructional designer to establish online courses and supplemental materials.
The grant also provides stipends for faculty members who design or redesign online courses; wireless networking equipment to support the creation, delivery and access to online courses; closed captioning services to comply with Section 508 and ADA regulations; membership and support of Quality Matters, an industry-recognized nationwide leader in online course best practices; establishment and implementation of an online course readiness assessment; establishment and implementation of a new online advising system; and re-design and implementation of an online orientation system.
Money from the grant also allowed the purchase of video and audio editing equipment for use by instructional designers and support staff working with faculty members. It will also fund professional development for faculty and staff to travel to conferences related to Title III and best practices in online learning.
Grant disbursement schedule:
- Year One: $599,973
- Year Two: 599,954
- Year Three: 599,929
- Year Four: 599,371
- Year Five: 599,125
The grant also pays for:
- Project Director
- Activity Director/Distance Learning Specialist
- E-Learning Faculty Development Specialist
- E-Learning Technician
- E-Learning TechnicianE-Learning Student Support Coordinator
- E-Learning Help Desk Support Staff
- Online Course Design/Redesign Agreement for Title III (Fillable pdf)
- Quality Matters Success Stories and Free Webinars
KC and Title III in the news:
- KC shows off new Faculty Innovation Center with open house (KLTV)
- KC celebrates technology center (Longview News-Journal)
- KC innovates for new online options (Kilgore News Herald)
- Ribbon cutting for new faculty innovation center set (Gilmer Mirror)