Franklin County college is the only private institution in N.C. to receive Title III funds.
By Jonathan McNamara
LOUISBURG — The U.S. Department of Education awarded Louisburg College a $2.2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant Oct. 3.
Over the next five years the funds will be used to upgrade technology on the campus, transform the current library into a state-of-the-art collaborative learning center and provide professional development for faculty members.
“We are going to move the quiet stacks upstairs and have an interactive learning commons on the first floor. This will promote active and problem-solving-based learning for the students,” Dr. Jim Eck, executive vice president for academic life and dean of the faculty said Monday.
“We will introduce a lot more technology, including campus-wide, wireless Internet capabilities, approximately 70 new laptops for the students, 40-50 new interactive learning centers in the library and a professional development area in the basement for faculty,” he added.
Louisburg College will begin receiving the funding right away and its staff is extremely excited to put the funds to use — especially in the area of analytics — or what Louisburg College President Dr. Mark La Branche refers to as institutional effectiveness.
“Institutional effectiveness is the process of how we analyze data and outcomes to see if we are on the right track. With the grant we can update our software or enterprise systems so we have leading data instead of lagging data. This will allow us to keep up to date and informed with our processes,” he said.
Title III grants are available every other year. The college must serve a certain percentage of low-income students to qualify.
The application process is very competitive; 400 applications were submitted and only 40 grants awarded throughout the United States.
Louisburg College was the only private college in North Carolina to be awarded the Title III grant.
In a news release provided by Louisburg College, N.C. Congressman G.K. Butterfield applauded the U.S. Department of Education saying, “Thank you for investing in Louisburg College and its students. This Title III grant is the result of the vision and hard work of the staff and faculty of Louisburg College.”
The college will also gain four new jobs through the grant, according to La Branche.
For more information on the Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant Program see tiny.cc/LCtitle3.
For more information on Louisburg College see louisburg.edu.