Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Title III: Higher Education Act

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Title III: Higher Education Act

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The following is a draft of a plan fron the Education Department recommending changes in the Title III program which was originally designed to support historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). HBCUs have, in the past, received almost all Title III funds. The changes would create new sections in the act for Hispanic - serving institutions and tribal colleges.

The Title III programs directly relate to the Education Department's support of access to postsecondary education as well as high standards and high achievement because these programs enable the improvement and expansion of an institution's capacity to provide educational opportunities for large numbers of needy and under-represented students. The department is proposing the following changes to Title III as part of the reauthorization.

TITLE III REAUTHORIZATION STRUCTURE

The revised Title Ill structure will be as follows:

Part A: Strengthening Institutions program

Part B: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) program

Part C: HBCU Capital Financing program

Part D: Strengthening Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) program

Part E: Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) programs

Part F: Minority Science Improvement Program (MSIP)

Part G: General Provisions

USE OF FUNDS

NEW TECHNOLOGY PRIORITY

This new priority focuses on improving the educational capacity of institutions participating in the competitive Institutional Aid programs by giving priority to those applications that focus on integrating the use of technology and enhancing the institution's technological capacity in their activities. A specific authorized activity is also included to encourage institutions who need it to invest in the improvement of their administration of funds made available to students pursuant to Title IV ofthe HEA.

ENDOWMENT FUNDS

Eliminate the Endowment Challenge Grants program and allow institutions participating in the Institutions Aid programs -with the exclusion of HBCU Capital Financing, and MSIP -the option of using a portion (up to 20 percent) of their award to establish or expand an endowment fund. Institutions would be required to match the federal funds used for this purpose-at least equal to one dollar of institutional funds for every dollar of the grant funds - with nonfederal funds.

RESTRUCTURING

* Move the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Programs from Part A to a new part

Move the HSI program into a separate part to recognize the important role HSIs serve in educating Hispanic and other low-income students. …

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