Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Five-Year Plan Targets Minority-Serving Colleges. (Washington Update)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Five-Year Plan Targets Minority-Serving Colleges. (Washington Update)

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A five-year management plan adopted by the U.S. Department of Education calls for strengthening Black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions and tribal colleges.

As one of several objectives in higher education, the Strategic Plan 2002-2007 seeks improvements for minority-serving institutions, calling them essential in "closing the gap between low-income and minority students and their high-income, non-minority peers" and increasing college opportunity.

As part of the plan, the Education Department said it will improve efforts to help minority-serving institutions in areas such as long-term financial planning, technology, evaluation of effectiveness and technical assistance. These colleges also should work more closely on K-12 improvements, including the new No Child Left Behind Act. In areas such as teacher preparation and professional development, minority-serving colleges can support national efforts and K-12 excellence.

The Bush administration will measure HBCU, HSI and tribal college progress in a variety of ways, with an annual collection of financial and college data. For example, long-range goals call for 99 percent of all minority-serving colleges to have a "positive fiscal balance. …

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