Southeastern Illinois College was awarded Title III grant funding in October 2021. The Title III Part A Strengthening Institutions Program helps eligible institutions of higher learning to 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 those higher institutions that have received funding. The grant is roughly $2.2 million over the span of 5 years, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. This five-year grant allows Southeastern Illinois College to enhance student success through academic coaching, student retention, additional tutoring, and the implementation of a Writing Center and Mathematics Lab.
Title III Staff Job Descriptions
Dr. Tyler Billman, Project Director
- Administers and coordinates the management of the Title III initiatives and budget
- Ensures compliance with all institutional, state and federal regulations and guidelines
- Monitors project budget to ensure that resources are used efficiently and responsibly
- Oversees hiring of Title III staff
- Facilitates continuous data collections and evaluation for improvement and reporting
Dr. Sonia Yewell, Learning Enhancement Coordinator
- Coordinates services provided in the Student Success Center.
- Develops, organizes, administers, and promotes the programs of the Student Success Center, including the writing center and Math lab.
- Contributes to the overall success of the Student Success Center, including active engagement with student activities.
- Supervises faculty and staff in the Student Success Center.
- Organizes and communicates to facilitate the timely implementation of all Title III initiatives.
- Coordinates with all faculty and support staff participating in the Title III initiatives to facilitate the timely implementation of all Title III initiatives.
Todd Spellman, Success Coach
- Provides individualized guidance and ongoing feedback to students who seek assistance through the Student Success Center
- Helps students with time management skills, meeting deadlines, prioritizing commitments, study skills, test taking, and task analysis strategies
- Monitor student progress and assist in the development of ways to engage students fully in the learning progression
- Assists with Starfish retention data and tracking
- Communicates with instructors, academic advisors, division chairs, and other internal programs and external agencies to provide participants with needed support and evaluation
- Teaches EMP 112 Student Skills Development for all competitive team students
Damon Whitt, Student Information Technology Specialist
- Assists in the development of new technologies that will assist in the development of student progress tracking
- Provides support and training to users on newly developed systems.
- Works with the department of Institutional Research to provide student data to help in the areas of retention and completion
- Helps students with technology needs in Writing Center and Math Lab
Rachel Atkins-Ellis, Administrative Assistant
- Provides support services for Title III professional staff, including Project Director, Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Success Coach, Student Information Technology Specialist, tutors, and faculty.
- Assist with needed research using administrative software tools to provide necessary data for reporting needs, both internal and external, concerning the Title III activities.
- Provide technical support in the preparation of report documents to meet both internal and external requirements, including the Annual Performance Report for Title III for the DOE.
- Assists with monitoring students in the Writing Center and Math Lab