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What is Title III?

Title III is a federal program that supports the development and academic progress of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Grant awards range from $500,000 to $3 million depending on student population and graduate school attendance. Title III funds are used to purchase computers and software supplies, instructional supplies, faculty and staff development and contractual services.

History of the Title III Program

The Title III Program began as part of the 1965 Higher Education Act. Over the years Title III funding has been an integral part of providing necessary academic services to HBCU's. Without these funds most of our colleges and universities would not be able to address the needs of students.

What Activities are Supported with Title III Funds at Spelman College?

  • Comprehensive Writing Program: Writing Across the Curriculum.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: African Diaspora and the World
  • Strengthening Academic Computing at Spelman College
  • Faculty and Curriculum Development in the Social Sciences, Education and Fine Arts

Comprehensive Writing Program: Writing Across the Curriculum

The Comprehensive Writing Program (CWP) is a vital cross-disciplinary program at Spelman that is concerned with the ways in which students' writing and communication skills factor into the larger educational process. With today's increased emphasis on electronic communication and writing technologies, the CWP is dedicated to providing the most current writing resources for the students and faculty at Spelman. The program provides students in all majors with the necessary writing tutorial services and at the same time, it provides faculty with information about recent developments in writing theory, technologies, and instruction.

Interdisciplinary Studies: African Diaspora and the World

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program is a major academic thrust for Spelman students. This program through the African Diaspora and the World (ADW) course exposes students to the study of the African diaspora within the context of world developments.

Four major goals are addressed through this program:

  • Provide students with a formal introduction to their own history and culture.
  • Assist students in understanding the relationship between their common experiences and those of other communities.
  • Provide cultural exchange as a dynamic force of development.
  • Assist students in developing an appreciation of the interaction of political, social and economic factors within and across continental boundaries.

Strengthening Academic Computing at Spelman College

The Academic Computing Program at Spelman is strengthened through three interrelated areas that remain essential to the overall computing needs of students, faculty, and staff. These areas include:

Computer and Information Sciences

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) is committed to an academic program which provides an exceptional experience for Spelman students. The curriculum has been strengthened through developing new courses and offering greater depth and breadth in existing courses. Overall, students who major in Computer and Information Science acquire knowledge which is on the cutting edge of the discipline as well as exposure to new developments in hardware and software applications.

Computing and Information Technology 

The Office of Computing and Information Technology is responsible for planning, maintaining and coordinating a standard-based network for central information resources. The network is easily accessible to all College programs and provides a global connected digital communications environment to enhance the range, timeless, and effectiveness of communication required for every aspect of instruction, instructional management and administration, and public service.


The curriculum of Spelman College requires that each student achieves a level of quantitative literacy and skills in mathematics needed to successfully fulfill the requirements for graduation; and to develop the tools that are needed for the lifelong learning process. The Department of Mathematics, in recognition of the central role that mathematics plays in the curriculum, has developed and maintained academic support services to buttress students in the pursuit of their chosen career goals. The central facilities for this support are the Mathematics Laboratory and the Electronic Classroom.

Faculty and Curriculum Development in the Social Sciences, Education and Fine Arts

Through this program students interact with faculty to gain hands-on experience in computer usage, quantitative problem solving, and data analysis. Computer technology in this activity permits the analysis of large databases, access to SPSS to create spreadsheets for class presentation, and the use of discipline databases such as Econlit, Sociological Abstracts and Psyclit to expand learning possibilities. Moreover, students and faculty are exposed to the most advanced computer technology to maximize the learning experience.

Under this activity there are two major facilities:

The OW Egleson Classroom and Social Science Lab continues to provide opportunities for students and faculty members to maximize computer usage for learning. The Electronic Classroom contains 25 micro-computers and a video screen projector which allows multi-media presentations of educational materials by faculty members. Students are taught via the computer in the Electronic Classroom. A total of ten courses are taught in the OW Egleson Electronic Classroom at Spelman College.

The Social Science Lab is the primary facility for students to demonstrate what they have experienced in the Electronic Classroom. Technology in the Lab allows students to conduct research assignments using various databases; retrieve lecture notes and homework assignments; send assignments to their professor via a network directory; and take electronic examinations.

Contact Us

Helga A. Greenfield
Chief of Staff to the President
& Associate Vice President for Title III and Government Relations

Cynthia Roberts
Title III Coordinator