U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

Aid for Institutional Development, Title III (Aid for Institutional Development, Titles III and V)

Goal 8: To assist institutions that have limited resources and that traditionally serve large numbers of low-income and minority students to continue to serve these students, and to improve the capacity of these institutions to provide on going, up-to-date quality education in all areas of higher education.
Objective 1 of 2: IMPROVE THE ACADEMIC QUALITY OF PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: Specialized accreditation: The percentage of Title III institutions having specialized accreditation, a measure of academic program quality, will be maintained or increased.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of Title III institutions having a specialized accreditation
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Percentage of institutions
Percentage of institutions
1999
71
 
2000
73
 Continuous Improvement
2001
74
 Continuous Improvement
Status: No current data but progress toward target is likely. Indicator will be eliminated as it is generally unrelated to the types of projects funded by Title III Program.

Explanation: In 1998, 71 percent of Title III institutions had one or more specialized accreditations. In 2000, the percent of Title III institutions with specialized accreditations increased to 74 percent. Specialized accreditations are an indication that the quality of an academic program is sufficiently high to meet the standards imposed by an independent agency.  
Additional Source Information: 1999, 2000, and 2001 Higher Education Directories.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2001.
Data Available: Unknown 2002.
Validated By: Experienced Public/Private Entity.
Data verified by publisher.

Limitations: Data are verified by the publisher by comparing against lists maintained by all accrediting agencies recognized by the Department of Education.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Graduation rates: Completion rates for all full-time, degree-seeking students in Title III 4-year and 2-year colleges will increase over time.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of full-time, degree-seeking students at Title III institutions completing a 4-year degree within 6 years and a 2-year degree, certificate, or transferring to a 4-year school within 3 years
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
4- Year 2- Year
4- Year 2- Year
1996
37 18
   
1997
35 18
   
1998
34 21.50
   
1999
31.80 20.70
 Continuous Improvement
2000
35.40 21.70
 Continuous Improvement
Status: No current data but progress toward target is likely. Indicator will be modified based on the new Performance Measurement System in response to the Inspector General (IG) Draft Audit Report ED-OIG/A04-90013 Office of Higher Education Needs To Improve Oversight of Parts A and B of the Title III Program. The new Performance Measurement System is based on extensive consultation with grantees. Continuing efforts include an IDUES monitoring plan, risk assessment model, staff development, and work process streamlining.

Explanation: A little more than one-third of full-time degree-seeking students at Title III institutions complete a 4-year degree within 6 years and one-fifth complete a 2-year degree, certificate, or transferred to a 4-year school within 3 years. There has been little change in graduation rates between 1996-97 and 1997-98. These data understate actual graduation rates, as they only include completions at the Title III institutions students initially attended.  
Additional Source Information: Graduation Rate Surveys (GRS) conducted as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2001.
Data Available: Unknown 2003.
Validated By: NCES/Federal Statistical Agencies.
Verified by ED data attestation process.

Limitations: In 1999 data were voluntarily submitted by 88 percent of 4-year Title III institutions and 90 percent of 2-year Title III institutions. In addition, the data tends to be several years old.

 

Objective 2 of 2: IMPROVE THE FISCAL STABILITY OF PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 2: Fiscal balance: The percentage of Title III institutions having a positive fiscal balance will increase over time.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Targets and Performance Data The percentage of Title III institutions having a positive fiscal balance
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Public Instructions
Public Instructions
1997
62.60
94.30
1998
70.80
89.50
1999
72.80
87.30
2000
67.10
83.80
Status: Target met. New Performance Management System (as noted in 1.2). The percentage of public Title III institutions having a positive fiscal balance increased from 63% in 1996-97 to 67% in 1999-2000. The percent of private Title III institutions with positive fiscal balance decreased from 94% to 84%from 1996-97 to 1999-00.

Explanation: During this period the total number of Private institutions in the Title III program decreased by nearly 10% which may be contributing to this overall decrease for Private institutions. For both Public and Private institutions, declines in this indicator are likely related to down turns in the national economy starting in 1998. Data has also been corrected to only include institutions reporting data to IPEDS and only institutions receiving funds during the reporting year.  
Additional Source Information: Finance Survey conducted as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2001 - 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: NCES/Federal Statistical Agencies.
Data validated by NCES review and NCES Statistical Standards.

Limitations: Data tend to be several years old. Recently, data on private institutions has become available and data for past Program years has been updated.

 
Indicator 8.2.2 of 2: Endowment: The percentage of Title III institutions having an endowment will increase over time.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of Title III institutions having a positive endowment
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Public Institutions
Public Institutions
1997
47.60
 
1998
53.20
 
1999
54
Continuous Improvement
2000
59.20
Continuous Improvement
Status: No current data but progress toward target is likely. New Performance Measurement System (as noted in 1.2)

Explanation: Of the Title III institutions reporting financial data to the IPEDS Finance survey, the percentage of public institutions having an endowment increased from 48% in 1996-97 to 59% in 1999-00. Data on endowments at private Title III institutions is not available. Data has been corrected to only include institutions reporting data to IPEDS and only institutions receiving funds during the reporting year.  
Additional Source Information: Finance Survey conducted as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2001 - 2002.
Data Available: January 2003.
Validated By: NCES/Federal Statistical Agencies.
Data validated by NCES review and NCES Statistical Standards.

Limitations: Data tend to be several years old. Data on endowment balances of private institutions is not available at this time.

 

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