Title V Grant Overview
The Title V-HSI grant is a five-year, federal competitive grant for eligible Hispanic-Serving institutions (HSI) and directed by the Department of Education’s Office of Post-Secondary Education. With this grant, an HSI institution receives supplemental funding support in order to build its capacity to achieve higher levels of success among its primarily Hispanic student population through fostering student success programs and faculty professional development.
Most recently, Rio Hondo College was awarded its third five-year Title V grant for $2.6 million, under the project title “The Avance” Project, for the grant period of 2015-2020. Under the direction of Assistant Dean, Barbara Salazar, of the Office of Student Success and Retention, the “Avance” Project is designed as a comprehensive first-year student success program for incoming students to initially participate in a Summer Math Academy, enroll full-time in prescribed and guaranteed courses (including a new First-Year Seminar course) during their first year, receive integrated academic and student services in the Avance Student Success Center, and enjoy a supportive and engaging cohort learning experience. Additionally, targeted professional faculty development activities will be coordinated to enhance the delivery of the program components.
Immediately prior to this, the college successfully completed a five-year $3.2 million Title V grant between 2010-2015. Locally named the “Instructional Development and Educational Assessment for Student Success” (IDEAS) project, funded activities included the establishment of a Summer Bridge program, First-Year Experience Program, Gateway Tutoring Program, and related faculty development opportunities.
Barbara Salazar, Assistant Dean of Student Success & Retention (Basic Skills), is the contact person for the Title V grant at Rio Hondo College.