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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

Dr. Kathy Davis, Executive Director of Academic Success – Project Director
Kathryn Blakeman, Title III Grant Program Assistant
Sally Cayan, University Retention Coordinator
Angie Kellogg, Director of Advising and Career Services
Taylor Koch, Career Outreach Coordinator
Becky Konietzki, Advising Outreach Coordinator
Trisha Lamers, Director of Tutoring-Learning Center
Lauren Shimulunas, Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction
Ron Strege, Director of Diversity and College Access

Title III Outside Evaluator

Bill Campbell
Campbell Grants & Research
715-338-2634 ​​

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