The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Quincy University is the recipient of a $2.25 million dollar Title III-A Strengthening Institutions grant focusing on expanding student access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  This is the largest grant in school history.

“This grant award speaks highly of our dedicated and professional faculty who work hard to ensure that our students get a quality educational experience,” said Phil Conover, president.  “It also complements our platform of growth and goal of long-term sustainability.”

The Title III grant will allow QU to start two new majors: Cybersecurity and Business Analytics.  In addition, three new hands-on learning educational labs will be constructed on campus to meet the demands of these new majors.  Expanded undergraduate research opportunities and a math success program are also included in the grant. A portion of this grant will go to endowment each year and must be matched by local donors.

“As a result of this grant, Quincy University will be able to help students better prepare for careers in STEM professions and we will be better suited to meet the needs of employers in our region, said Conover.

The grant will be administered by Dr. Barb Schleppenbach who also served on the grant committee with Dr. Lee Enger, Dr. Scott Lauders, Dr. Dana Walker and Dr. David Shinn.  The grant received a 100 out of 100 rating which is the highest possible score.  The last time QU received a Title III grant was in 2003.

“Quincy University has recognized the need to create access and remove barriers to high demand, high paying jobs through the creation of new STEM programs,” said Dr. Barb Schleppenbach, Title III program director.

The grant will run over a five-year period and will help QU increase enrollment and the four-year graduation rate.  In addition, the grant aims to increase STEM degree programs, increase the success of academically underprepared math students and increase the number of faculty and students who participate in undergraduate research.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University ( is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University Office of Community Relations by calling (217) 228-5275.