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Notre Dame College has been awarded a $2.1 million Title III Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to develop a Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. The five-year grant was effective October 1, 2019.

The grant will enable the College to develop a new Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in Cybersecurity and create a high-tech Situation Room on campus. Other related new and upgraded programs will be structured to accommodate on-campus and online students.

“This grant is an excellent opportunity for Notre Dame College to enter into the high-tech arena required by any program focused on cybersecurity, intelligence studies and emergency management. It has the potential to make Notre Dame College a leader in these highly skilled areas,” said John P. Galovic, Ed.D., interim president of the College.

Funds are also included for enhancing the College’s Career Services Department to heighten the focus on careers in our country’s security and intelligence fields and to expand internship opportunities with premier U.S. employers.

Specific Title III grant activities will include: construction of a high-tech Situation Room and two high-tech simulation classrooms for cybersecurity, intelligence studies and emergency management; curriculum development; furniture and technology upgrades for the classrooms; furniture and technology upgrades for the Career Services Department; furniture and technology upgrades for a collaborative learning space in the College library and funding to build the College endowment.

About Title III Grants

Under DOE Title III funding, grants may be used for planning, faculty development and establishing program-related endowment funds. Administrative management as well as the development and improvement of academic programs are supported. Other projects include joint use of instructional facilities, construction and maintenance and student service programs designed to improve academic success. There is a focus on innovative, customized, instruction courses designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion.

The Strengthening Institutions program provides funding to support institutions of higher education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability. Funds may be used for a myriad of purposes including: planning, faculty development, and establishing endowment funds. Administrative management and the development and improvement of academic programs also are supported.

More information about U.S. DOE Title III programs can be found at

Contact Florentine Hoelker, Ph.D., dean of online and graduate programs at the Finn Center at Notre Dame, at 216.373.6469, or by email at

September 2019

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or