Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Grant

Charlotte JWU Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Grant (Department of Education)

In October 2021, Johnson & Wales University Charlotte received a 5-year, $1.25 million grant from the United States Department of Education.  With funding from this awarded Title III PBI (Predominantly Black Institutions) project, JWU Charlotte has identified two goals with eight measurable objectives that will strengthen the University and increase student success. The goals and objectives were designed to directly address weaknesses to enhance JWU Charlotte’s capacity to serve more low- and middle-income students, including Black American/African American students; to expand higher education opportunities for eligible students by encouraging college preparation and student persistence in postsecondary education, and to strengthen the financial ability of the institution to serve the academic needs of these students. 
Objectives and Goals
Goal #1: Increase Retention, Persistence, and Graduation.
      • Objective 1.1 Implement Wildcat Project. 
      • Objective 1.2 Student Support Services Initiative. 
      • Objective 1.3 Increase BA/AA Associate’s to Bachelor’s Degree Conversion Rates. 
      • Objective 1.4 Increase Enrollment in Underrepresented Fields and Areas of Study. 
Goal #2: Enhanched Student Experience.
      • Objective 2.1 Implement First Year Experience (FYE) program. 
      • Objective 2.2 Financial Literacy. 
      • Objective 2.3 Foster a Culture of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). 
      • Objective 2.4 Enhanced Student Experiences. 
JWU PBI Grant Paid and Volunteer Staff
  • Compliance Director

    • Jeff Calleja, Director of the Office of Academic Research

  • Project Director

    • Tim Stiles, ACE Center Executive Director

  • Implementation Team

    • Heather Harrison, Director of First Year Experiences

    • RJ Kilgore, Director of Academic Success Center
    • Trudi Lacey, Director of Athletics

    • MaShona McAfee, Director of Student Financial Services

    • Stella Shorts, Campus Budget Manager

  • Advisory Board

    • Sandra Greene, Assistant Director for Communications, University 101 Programs, University of South Carolina

    • Lua Hancock, Independent Consultant and Professional Coach
    • Aleshia McMath, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Compass Group North America

    • LeAnna Rice, Associate Dean of Students, Queens University and Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium Leadership Team