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“Title III & Title IV (TRIO) Programs”

Special Programs, Title III & Title IV (TRIO) Programs, combine two University units under an Assistant Vice President in the Office of the Provost to strengthen support for University goals and objectives directly relative to the strategic plan, the development of new and enhanced curricular offerings, and the successful completion of degree programs by its students. The Office manages over fifty programs and activities in support of this goal.

Florida A&M University has participated in the Title III Undergraduate Program under Part B, Sections 323 and 326, and Title IV, TRIO Programs since their inception under the Higher Education Act in 1965.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of Title III is to provide financial assistance to establish or strengthen financial management, academic resources, the physical plant, and endowments. Title III funds have been used to assist academic departments in meeting requirements for accreditation and certification; in implementing retention activities; and in developing innovative curricula for new degree programs. FAMU is one of 18 universities receiving financial support for graduate programs in areas such as the sciences, engineering, pharmacy, landscape architecture and environmental sciences provided under the Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions (HBGI) Program of Title III.

Under the auspices of the Office of Title III Strengthening Grant Program, these federal funds have made and continue to make positive impacts on the university.  They support (1) technological enhancements for instructional and administrative purposes; (2) faculty development and exchanges; (3) renovation and maintenance of instructional facilities; (4) innovative academic programs where blacks are underrepresented; (5) graduate assistantships in engineering, pharmacy, and environmental studies, CIS, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Law and Architecture; (6) purchase of instructional materials; (7) research facilities in the sciences and engineering; and (8) student services.

Also administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of Title IV is to provide support to students ranging from middle school to graduate school in gaining access to, and successfully completing programs of postsecondary education. The University operates five TRIO Programs along with several related programs supported by other entities in the TRIO Academic Support Center.

The collective mission of the TRIO Academic Support Center is to increase the number of students from groups underrepresented in higher education who gain admission to, and complete programs of studies resulting in higher education degrees ranging from the bachelor’s to the doctorate. Programs within the Center supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs include: 1) Upward Bound, 2) Upward Bound Regional Institute for Math & Science, 3) Student Support Services, 4) Educational Talent Search, and 5) The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. The College Reach Out Program funded by the Florida Department of Education serves pre-college students in a consortium with Chipola Junior College, Gulf Coast Community College and Tallahassee Community College. The Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) also funded by the U.S. Department of Education provides curricular and undergraduate research support activities for both students and faculty. The USDA/Florida Department of Education funded Summer Food Program provides meals for the summer residential sessions. Collectively, the Center provides a range of academic support services, including instruction, academic advising, counseling, tutoring, career planning, residential programs, research internships and access to technology to over 1500 students annually.


Each year selected activities are approved for continued and/or new funding within a five-year funding cycle. The Office of Title III Strengthening Grant Program monitors each activity to ensure compliance with the U.S. Department of Education regulations. The following activities are Title III supported programs:

Academic Affairs (General)

Distance Learning
Center for Equity and Cultural Diversity
International Study/Exchange Program
FAMU Education Access TV
Engineering and Science Research Policy Institute
Technology Enhancement
University Libraries Enhancement

Institutional Development and Capacity Building
Planning & Analysis Technology Enhancement
Enterprise Resource Planning

College of Arts and Sciences
University Honors Program
Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Enhancement
Chemistry Graduate
Computer Information Sciences Graduate
Institutional Support in Computer Information Sciences
Physics Ph.D. Program
Enhancement of Graduate Program in Biology

School of Architecture
Institute for International Environmental Studies

School of Business and Industry
Business and Industry Enhancement

University Relations and Public Affairs
Career Center

College of Education
Reaccreditation and Program Strengthening
Quality and Quantity in Teacher Preparation and  Renewal

College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture

Engineering Technology Enhancement
Manufacturing Technology Enhancement

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Minority Engineering Support for Graduate Students
Undergraduate Research Center for Cutting Edge Technology

School of Journalism
Journalism and Graphic Communication

FAMU School of Law
Enhancement of the J.D. Program

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Program Administration
Graduate Program Coordination
Public Health Laboratory Program
Enhancement of Pharmacy Technology
Executive Doctoral Program
Pharmacoeconomics Research Laboratory
Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory
Jacksonville Practice Division Laboratory
Patient Assessment Laboratory

Environmental Sciences Institute
Ph.D. Program

Student Affairs
Records Management Program

For additional information about Title III and Title IV programs, contact the Interim Director,  Dr. Kirk Gavin at kirk.gavin@famu.edu or visit the websites:   famu.edu/title3 and famu.edu/trio.