The Title III Program began as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which was an effort by the U.S. Congress to "assist in raising the academic quality of colleges that had the desire and potential to make a substantial contribution to higher education resources of our nation, but which for financial and other reasons were struggling for survival and were isolated from the main current of academic life."
The Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Services administer the Title III Program. The Title III Program supports the Department of Education's commitment to provide financial assistance to establish or strengthen the physical plants, financial management, academic resources, and endowments of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Title III Allowable Activities
Funds may be used for the:
1Purchase, rental or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes—including instructional and research purposes;
2Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classroom, library, laboratory equipment and other instructional facilities;
3Faculty development and exchanges;
4Academic instruction in disciplines where blacks are under-represented;
5Purchase of educational material;
6Tutoring, counseling, and student service programs;
7Funds and administrative management and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening management;
8Joint use of facilities, such as laboratories and libraries.
9Establishing or improving a development office;
10Establishing or enhancing a program of teacher education; and
11Establishing community outreach programs that will encourage elementary and secondary students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue postsecondary education.