2017-2022 HBCU Activities

Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities

P.A.S.S. (Passionate About Student Success)


At Tennessee State University, we are Passionate About Student Success. However, student success can be elusive as it is a multi-faceted, complex entity, which should boost student achievement yet is often accompanied by limited Institutional resources. Therefore, we propose to invest selectively in student success strategies, devoting resources to the most promising practices at Tennessee State University. The US Department of Education's Title III, Part B, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) program, is a vital resource to strengthen academic programs, student services, physical plant, and the endowment at Tennessee State University. The essential components of our P.A.S.S. (Passionate About Student Success) proposal for the next five-year funding cycle, is composed of independent but interrelated initiatives from four divisions (Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs and Administration) and Title III Program Administration. These innovative initiatives are designed to increase retention, progression, and success among students, as well as, provide infrastructural support to the Institution to enhance achievement of two of the five strategic priorities: (SP1) Ensuring the academic success of all students by improving academic performance and on-time graduation rates, and (SP3) Enhance the campus infrastructure to promote a world class learning environment.

The projects to be funded by the Title III HBCU grant, in addition to the mandatory Program Administration Project, Strengthening Infrastructural Capacity and Management, are as follows: (1) Increasing Student Learning Across the Curriculum, is a three-pronged approach to engage students through academic initiatives. (1a) The Sixty to Success Initiative (S2S) is designed to bridge the gap from first-year students through the completion of 60 credit hours, preparing them for success in their majors; (1b) to improve pass rates on health science certification/licensure exams; (1c) to integrate new approaches to laboratory and experiential learning course curriculums. The second activity, Enhancing Institutional Effectiveness with S.P.I.C.E. (Service, Planning, Implementation, Collection, and Education) is specifically related to the analysis and development of student success programs and processes. This project is designed to ensure assessment/institutional effectiveness is integrated into all aspects of academic and non-academic operations. Thirdly, the Student Success and Completion Improvement Initiatives is collaboration between Academics and Enrollment Management to increase the success rate of students in gatekeeping courses and provide supplemental support for students. Finally, A Comprehensive Mentorship Model for African American Males in the "Murky Middle" is a program designed to support African American males with a GPA of 2.2-2.8, in good standing at the end of their first semester, to stay on a successful trajectory to completion.

Through our 2017-2022 Comprehensive Development Plan, Tennessee State University has defined and will invest in innovative projects whose deliverables are projected to enhance the University, building on our student-centered philosophy, and holding steadfast to our motto of "Think. Work. Serve."


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