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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 Therapist 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: 

*NEW* Undergraduate Programs: 

> CyberSecurity (BS) –4 Cohorts launched, 5th cohort scheduled for fall of 2022 (fully online)

> Information Systems (AS) – First cohort is scheduled for the fall of 22

> Physical Therapist Assistant (AS) – Coming early 2023


Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100 Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 

Southern Nazarene University is seeking accreditation for a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2022. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in PTA technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though the achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. 

SNU’s Title III Project Team

    • Aaron Thompson, Project Director
    • Chandler Campbell, Student Support Specialist
    • Dr. Loren McElroy, PTA Specialist/Program Director
    • Dr. Jeffrey Slattery, Computer Science Specialist/Program Director
    • Dr. Shalyn Hooten, PTA Clinical Education Coordinator

Grant Office: Royce Brown, Room 201E, 4011 N Peniel Avenue, Bethany, OK, 73008

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