The University of Bridgeport has been awarded $383,723 from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), for the first year of a five-year Title III grant to establish a professionally staffed advising center to support student academic success.

The total award is worth $1,833,758 over five years, representing 88 percent of the project budget. The University will contribute $252,807 to the project.

“This grant will help the University take additional steps to fulfill its mission of providing a supportive learning environment,” said Provost Stephen Healey. “We will develop a first-rate advising center as well as fund other initiatives.”

The Strengthening Institutions Program, also known as Title III, was created as part of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965 for improvements in educational quality, institutional management, and financial stability of eligible colleges and universities.

In addition to providing for a new advising center at UB, the Title III grant will fund a full-time writing coordinator at the Colin “Ben” Gunn Academic Resource Center to assist undergraduate students enrolled in introductory and core education courses.

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