Title III Programs

The Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Program was authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 and has played a major role at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) as well as all of the other historically black colleges and universities.

The formula grant program, commonly known as the Title III Program, is designed to assist in improving university programs, fortifying management and enhancing educational opportunities for all students. While Title III funds help to “equalize educational opportunities” at HBCUs, the ultimate goal of Title III is to decrease dependence on governmental financial support and increase reliance on endowments and private funding sources.

SUNO has been a recipient of Title III funds since 1967 and has received vital financial assistance to establish and strengthen the University’s academic services, student development efforts, faculty development enhancements, information technology initiatives, physical plant improvements and financial management support. Hence, Title III funds have allowed us to more effectively fulfill the goal of equality of educational opportunities for our students.

SUNO was awarded $3.4 million for FY 2015-2016 to develop, expand and/or implement the following sub-programs:

  • Accreditation and Review of Academic Programs
  • Accreditation Reaffirmation of the Undergraduate Social Work Program
  • Alternative Teacher Certification
  • Center for African and African American Studies
  • Center for Planning, Research and Evaluation (Institutional Effectiveness)
  • Center for Professional Development and Enhancement
  • Center for Student Retention and Success
  • Enhancement for Improving Academic Quality through E-Learning and Service Learning (General Studies)
  • Honors Program
  • Improving University Technology (Banner)
  • Library Academic Research Infrastructure Design
  • Satellite Telecommunications Network/Distance Learning
  • Strengthening Institutional Research Capabilities
  • Student Development Center

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)


Dr. Brenda L. Jackson

Vice Chancellor for Research & Strategic Initiatives/Executive Director, Title III Programs

Email: bjackson@suno.edu

Phone: 504-286-5274

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