What is Title V?

Title V is part of the Higher Education Act administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low income students. This five year grant will enable Cabrillo College to expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality, and technology-driven student support services.

As Activity Coordinator for Cabrillo's 5-year Title V grant, I will be working on the implementation of a student portal, a new faculty design studio, and faculty professional development. It is a great opportunity to act as a full-time designer/trainer in distance pedagogy, collaborate with IT on distance technology upgrades to serve students, and provide mentor-based faculty professional development.

New Opportunities for Faculty and Students

The Title V Project addresses the need to increase the number and proportion of high-need students who complete college on time. The project design has two foci: (1) provide individualized, technology-powered student support so that high-need students stay on an Associate Degree for Transfer track, and (2) design transfer courses as active/collaborative/technology-enabled, and as hybrid (partially taught online) to reduce seat time and promote academic success and timely completion.

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Who will be in the TLC?

Aloha Sargent and Audrey Blumeneau will be co-coordinating the activities of the Teaching and Learning Center. Denise Russo will be coordinating the Flex Calendar program.

About Me

Francine Van Meter


MA in Education, Instructional Technology, San Jose State University
BA in Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
AS in Dental Hygiene, Cabrillo College


2016 –
Title V Activity Coordinator
Cabrillo representative to the Online Education Initiative

  • Making Learning Spaces Work, March 2016, EDUCAUSE course


2006 to 2016, and 1997–2005
Director, Teaching & Learning Center, Cabrillo College
Distance Education, Technology Training and Support, Staff Development, Digital Media Instructor, Program Chair (2011 to present)

  • design and implementation of myPETL (professional engagement and transformational learning software)
  • implementation of the Canvas learning management system
  • representative as pilot college Online Education Initiative

Online instructor with @ONE, a technology training project funded by the California Community College Chancellor's Office

Director of Enrollment Services
Coordination of the Enrollment Services Center project.