November 30, 2022

Coastal Bend College

The latest official news from CBC!

CBC Awarded $1.9 Million Title III Grant

BEEVILLE, TX –   Coastal Bend College (CBC) was awarded a $1,999,707 grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program.  The Title III grant objectives align with CBC’s current efforts to innovate institutional programming and student services. 

Like many institutions of higher learning nationwide, CBC experienced a decrease in enrollment due to the challenges students faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A survey completed by the Texas Association of Community Colleges in the spring of 2020 indicated that 33% of CBC students participating were likely to drop out of college temporarily due to the pandemic and 12% were likely to leave college permanently.

Title III funds will be applied to the creation of resources to address student retention, overall academic success, and graduation rates. Early alert and data-driven intervention programs will be implemented over the course of the five-year grant cycle. President of Coastal Bend College Dr. Justin Hoggard says, “This incredible opportunity will help the institution further develop and expand the enriching offerings at CBC. We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to demonstrate how Success Happens Here!”

The grant will fund the creation of multimedia facilities to support faculty in the innovation of current online instruction and curriculum. The proposed Cougar Innovation Center brings with it a team of new staffing positions, designated for online course development and support. Title III funds will allow the institution to provide the initial funding to hire these personnel.

The Title III Strengthening Institutions Program helps eligible institutions of higher learning become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.  CBC will fully institutionalize all the grant activities by the end of the five-year term.

To learn more about Coastal Bend College, visit coastalbend.edu or call 1-866-722-2838.

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