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Austin Peay wins Title III grant

Austin Peay has received $30,000 for expenses related to developing a plan for implementation of the liberal arts. The funding will cover a variety of costs associated with the planning effort, from released time for key faculty to consultant fees.
Austin Peay has received $30,000 for expenses related to developing a plan for implementation of the liberal arts. The funding will cover a variety of costs associated with the planning effort, from released time for key faculty to consultant fees.

Dr. Matthew Kenney, assistant professor of political science, Dr. Timothy Sweet-Holp, director of grants and sponsored programs, and Dr. Anne Black, associate professor of health and human performance, had two weeks to assemble the 31-page grant proposal and application for the Department of Education Title III "Strengthening Institutions" grant. They drew heavily from work done by the Liberal Arts Implementation Committee, a group that included Kenney and Black.

Kenney was one of the first to hear the good news. Anxious to know whether the application had been successful, he says he "tracked down" an official at the U.S. Department of Education. "Tim Sweet-Holp was away on University business at the time, and I was eager to know if we had been awarded the grant," he says.

He and other writers of the grant were jubilant at the news. "This planning grant presents the APSU community with a wonderful opportunity to chart the University's course … in an academically rigorous direction," Kenney says.

Black adds, "We propose to strengthen Austin Peay with a rigorous, feasible, contributory liberal arts program."

On Jan. 16, Kenney and Black joined members of a newly formed Liberal Arts Integration Planning Committee, as they came together for a full-day retreat at First Federal's Blue Hole Lodge to identify critical issues and form task forces to tackle those issues.

Working with the committee as consultants are Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey of Wright University and Dr. Linda Rudolph, a former APSU psychology professor who in recent years served as assistant vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Carmen Reagan, professor of business, will serve as coordinator of the grant.

"Our hope is that the feasibility study will result in an action plan for which we will then write and submit a proposal for a Title III 'Strengthening Institutions' Development Grant," says Reagan. That grant could total from $1.5 to $3 million.
Debbie Denton