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Young Harris College Awarded $2 Million Title III Grant to Enhance Campus Technology
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College was recently awarded a $2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to improve student success by creating technology-rich classrooms and laboratories across the YHC campus.
“More than 300 colleges and universities across the United States applied for Title III funding this year,” said YHC President Cathy Cox. “We are so fortunate to have been one of only 39 schools—and the only institution in Georgia—selected as a recipient for this cycle. This grant will most certainly strengthen our institution in many ways in coming years.”
Funds awarded through the highly competitive process help higher education institutions address the priorities of improving productivity and increasing postsecondary success and college completion. Building on the ED’s support of evidence-based practices, the grant also supports programs, practices or strategies for which there is evidence of effectiveness.
The grant will help the College create a new Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and fund technology upgrades for 26 classrooms and nine laboratories in order to enhance learning experiences and positively affect student outcomes and success.
Throughout the five years that the funding will be distributed, the College will implement lecture capture software and portable interactive response systems for campus-wide use. Server technology will be replaced to meet today’s software demands while also allowing for the utilization of virtual technology in the future.
For more information about the Strengthening Institutions Program, visit ed.gov.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.