Title III Program

Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and University Program, Title III, and the SAFRA Grant (The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009) is to provide financial assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to assist these institutions in establishing and strengthening their physical plants, academic resources, fiscal management, and endowments, so that they may continue to participate in fulfilling the goal of equality of educational opportunity. More specifically, the Title III Program assists institutions in funding d activities that will help the College fulfill its mission.

Clinton College, founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is based on a Christian tradition. Founded in 1894, the College has continued to provide access to those students who may not have access to higher education. Over 80 percent of our students are low income first generation college students. Currently the College offers Associates degrees in five areas: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Liberal Arts, Religion and the Sciences and two Bachelor Programs, BA in Religious Studies and BS in Business Administration. The Title III grant programs have assisted in improving physical facilities, enhancing the technological infrastructure, and establishing and increasing the endowment. Funds from Title III have enabled the College to leverage resources and obtain of funding from individual donors, private foundations, other federal programs i.e. National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the state of South Carolina. Since being funded the College has supported seven activities with Title III funds and six activities with SAFRA funds. The Title III Programs has helped the institution in achieving its goals in several areas. Some areas of improvement include improving library resources faculty and staff development, academic program enhancement, improving student services and increasing student retention. The physical plant of the institution has expanded and been significantly enhanced. Three of these activities are emphasized here.


  1. Fiscal Stability through Endowment: The College established an endowment with matching funds from Title III. The College has grown from 0 dollars to $560,000 dollars. The goal is the increase the Endowment to one half million dollars by the end of next year. The effort has assisted the college in meeting accreditation standards.
  2. Construction and Renovation: A state of the art library that includes an art gallery and computer laboratory was completed in 2005 with some funds from the Title III Program. This is a 15,000 square foot facility and has been extremely beneficial for students, faculty, staff and the local community. Title III funds have assisted with improvements to classrooms, with providing Living/Learning Centers in the residence halls. Renovations have been made to both the biology and chemistry laboratories with funds from Title III, SAFRA and DOE grants. Title III has supported the enhancement of science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. Funds have supported planning for the expansion of future building projects such as the Academic Athletic Complex.
  3. Improving Technology Infrastructure: Funds have supported integrating the campus with new servers, a wireless system, and the purchase of software to give students, faculty and staff the ability to track records, schedules, and provide online registration.

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