The Title III Program is available to assist eligible institutions in "equalizing educational opportunity through a program of federal assistance". The grant is funded through the Department of Education under the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. Norfolk State University is eligible under Part B of the Higher Education Act, which targets Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) established prior to 1964.
Title III at NSU
Strengthening Historically Black Colleges & Universities is the primary purpose of Title III Funding. Norfolk State University's HBCU program has received more than $61,000,000 in Title III funds since 1987.
Under the Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI) Program, Norfolk State University has received more than $19,000,000 since 1999 to support Graduate activities in the College of Science Engineering and Technology. Title III funds have enabled the University to initiate a wide range of innovative and crucial programs.
Funds have been used to strengthen undergraduate and graduate activity programs in the following areas :
- acquisition of scientific laboratory equipment
- maintenance and renovation of institutional facilities
- faculty development
- enhancement of disciplines in which African Americans are under represented
- purchase of library books and other educational materials
- tutoring, counseling and student services
- teacher education
- administrative management
- joint use of facilities
- community outreach programs
- establishment of the University Advancement Office
- establishment of the University Endowment Fund