U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant
Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)
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.
In 2013, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point proposed and was awarded a $1.8M, five-year Title III SIP grant to improve the academic success of students through coordinated, high-impact academic support services. Achievement of these institutional goals will be measured by an increase of 0.5% in first to second year retention rates for each year of the grant period and a 3% increase in the 4-year graduation rate by the conclusion of project year five. The method by which these objectives will be reached involves the coordinated implementation of the following, high-impact academic support services: supplemental instruction, intrusive academic advising, targeted career services and a conditional admit retention program.
More information about the U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program can be found at
Title III Implementation Committee
Gretel Stock-Kupperman, Dean of University College
Kathryn Blakeman, Title III Grant Program Assistant
Sally Cayan, University Retention Coordinator
Lisa Michalec, Director of Academic and Career Advising Center
Libby Heidmann, Career Outreach Coordinator,
Kami Weis, Advising Outreach Coordinator
Trisha Lamers, Director of Tutoring-Learning Center
Blaxton Bucklew, Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction
Title III Outside Evaluator
Campbell Grants & Research