Title III

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.

Contact Information

Billman, Tyler

Executive Dean of Academic Services
Phone / Extension: 2250
Location: C203A

Yewell, Sonia

Title III Learning Enhancement Coordinator
Phone / Extension: 2220
Location: Testing Center

Spellman, Todd

Student Success Coach
Phone / Extension: 2260
Location: A126 A

Whitt, Damon

Student Information Technology Specialist
Phone / Extension: 2275
Location: A112

Atkins, Rachel

Administrative Assistant
Phone / Extension: 2217
Location: B132

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