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About Title III

Spelman College Campus Shot Path ForwardSpelman College receives Title III funding from the U.S. Department of Education -- specifically funds from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) program. The program includes two grants, FUTURE Act and HBCU B. This program is designed to assist institutions of higher education with becoming self-sufficient and developing their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, student services and outcomes and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.

The Title III Program at Spelman College reports to the Office of the President and manages all Title III funding awarded to the College from the U.S. Department of Education. This includes providing programmatic and fiscal oversight of the activities supported by this federal funding. These responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting with proposal applications, budget preparation, mid-year and
    end of-year performance reports

  • Providing technical support and training for Activity Directors and staff

  • Ensuring the College maintains compliance with all federal regulations

  • Determining if budget requests are allowable, allocable and reasonable

  • Monitoring and approving expenditures according to Federal and College
    policies and regulations

  • Preparing and submitting interim and annual performance reports

  • Ensure that Time and Effort Reports are completed monthly

Quick Facts About Spelman College's Title III Program

The Title III Program is funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Amendments of 1986 (and subsequent amendments), Pub. L. 99-498, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986, Pub. L. 99-509, and the Higher Education Technical Amendments Act of 1987, Pub. L. 100-50. Further amendments appear in Pub. L. 100-369; The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), Pub. L. 110-315 reauthorized the HEA of 1965.

Dr. Sylvia Thomas Brings a Wealth of Experience to Spelman College

Spelman College Director of Title lll Sylvia Thomas

Dr. Sylvia Thomas was appointed Director of Title III Administration on December 1, 2023.  Prior to her appointment here at Spelman College, Dr. Thomas served as grant coordinator at Morehouse School of Medicine and as grant specialist at Clark Atlanta University. 

Dr. Thomas began her Title III career as the Director of Title III at Southwestern Christian College where she served for 19 years.  She ended her career at Southwestern in 2018 as vice president of Academic Affairs and Title III director.

Being a founding member of the National Association of Title III Administrators Inc in 2001, she served on the executive committee from 2001 until 2017.  As a member of the committee, she was elected and served two, two-year terms each as: member-at-large, secretary, president and immediate past president. 

As director of Title III Administration, Dr. Thomas brings 24 years of Title III experience.  In her role here at Spelman she will continue the legacy of her predecessors of effective implementation of all programmatic and fiscal activities of Title III grants awarded to Spelman College. The focus of the Title III team is to remain in compliance and stay audit ready through monitoring and evaluating program effectiveness, investigating trends, and recommending and implementing modifications to enhance and/or improve program processes. 

Contact Us

Sylvia Thomas
Director, Title III Administration

Cynthia Roberts 

Title III Projects Budget Specialist

Oluwakemi Sobowale
Title III Assessment and Data Specialist


Regann M. Anderson
Title III Innovation and Efficiency Specialist

Tony H. Tatum
Title III Senior Administrative Assistant