U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant

Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)

Reaching the Marginalized Majority: Access and Success for Nontraditional Students

The Strengthening Institutions Program helps higher education programs expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen an institution’s academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

SNU’s proposal contains three initiatives focused on building new Professional Studies curricular programs, developing student services for adult students, and building endowment for undergraduate scholarships. The new programs include Cybersecurity (BS), taking the existing Network Management (BS) to Tulsa, and developing a new Information System (AS) degree.  The grant will also develop and pilot a new Physical Therapy Assistant (AS) degree.  The  two associate degree programs are intended to serve as feeders into SNU degree completion programs. The grant provides faculty positions, renovated instructional labs and equipment, and library resources for these new programs.  Student services will be expanded with an early alert system and career services geared toward adult learners. The grant funds provide approximately a quarter of a million dollars to match monies raised by the institution to increase the endowment for undergraduate student scholarships by close to half a million dollars by the end of the grant period.

More information on the Title III program is available here: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduestitle3a/index.html 

*NEW* Undergraduate Programs

> CyberSecurity (BS) – First Cohort Begins August 2020

> Information Systems (AS) – Coming 2021

> Physical Therapy Assistant (AS) – Coming 2022

SNU’s Title III Project Team

  • Twyler Earl, Project Director
  • Katrina Nguyen, Student Services Specialist
  • Dr. Loren McElroy, PTA Specialist/Program Director

SNU will welcome a CRM Specialist and a PTA Clinical Education Coordinator to the team soon, but is actively recruiting for a Computer Science Specialist/Program Director to join the team immediately. 

Grant office: Royce Brown, Room 110, 4011 N Peniel Avenue, Bethany, OK, 73008