UNLV Awarded its First Title III (Minority Serving Institution) Grant

CenterPoint Newsletter | Fall 2015 | by Danielle Gross, Business Administration Analyst

Dr. William W. Sullivan (associate vice president for retention & outreach, executive director) and B. Keith Rogers (deputy executive director) shared outstanding news prior to the beginning of the fall 2015 semester. The FY 2015 Title III Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) proposal submitted by the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (The Center) at UNLV was one of nine selected nationwide for funding by the U.S. Department of Education. Consequently, for the next five years (2015-16 to 2019-20), The Center will be home to a Title III AANAPISI project that will annually serve two hundred UNLV undergraduates, of whom:

  • At least 50% will be Asian-American or Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPI) students;
  • No less than 75% will be low-income individuals; and
  • 100% will be low-income individuals and/or first-generation college students.

All AANAPISI project participants will receive services based on their need for academic support in order to persist in their degree programs, earn postsecondary credentials, and enroll in post baccalaureate studies. AANAPISI project services will include:

  • Counseling (i.e., academic; undergraduate financial-aid; career; and graduate/professional-school admissions and financial-aid);
  • Support for undergraduate research; and 
  • Frequent, ongoing academic-progress monitoring.

“This award will help The Center significantly expand its capacity to help disadvantaged undergraduates succeed in higher education,” said Dr. Lawrence Letourneau, director for research and compliance. “The AANAPISI grant also cements UNLV’s status as a minority serving institution and helps move us closer to the Tier I ranking,” Letourneau added.

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