MNU to Receive $10 Million Title III Grant

OLATHE, KAN.,– MidAmerica Nazarene University announced today it is the recipient of a $10 million five-year Title III Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program grant. According to Linda Alexander, PhD, and Whitney Gray, grant project co-directors at MNU, the main goal of this grant is to create a Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) to enhance the educational experience of all students in key academic areas. 

The goal of the Center for Academic and Professional Success is to create a central place for all of the support services to promote and provide opportunities for students to be successful. Components of the Center will include: 

  • Comprehensive Career Services including a Counseling and Health-Wellness component
  • Enhanced Academic Support Services to improve opportunities for student achievement and success
  • An enriched Professional Development Program for faculty and staff
  • Expanded technology with major improvements on campus including the replacement of the network infrastructure, computer hardware and instructional technology for faculty and students
  • An opportunity for an endowment match of up to $1.5 million

MNU President David Spittal says the grant will assist MNU students in numerous ways.
“This grant provides our campus with the resources necessary to implement innovative learning opportunities and will significantly enhance our academic support services, career development and honors programs,” he said.  “Our current faculty and students will benefit greatly and we are grateful for the opportunities this grant will provide for years to come.”  

The grant competition was open to eligible community colleges and 4-year institutions across the nation.  With only five applicants receiving funding nationally last year, project directors say this is an exceptional opportunity for MidAmerica Nazarene University.

MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1966. Offering 40 plus traditional undergraduate majors, the university is also known for its accelerated professional and graduate programs, including undergraduate degrees in management and nursing and graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and counseling, and postgraduate certificates. Online offerings include classes in education, nursing and associate’s-level studies. Study abroad as well as service-learning experiences are encouraged through MNU’s Go Global, MNU Europe, and ServiceCorps programs. The campus is located on 105 acres in Olathe, Kan., and operates a location in Liberty, Mo., for professional and graduate programs. More information may be found at