Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Senate Plan Outlines New HBCU Preservation Strategy

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Senate Plan Outlines New HBCU Preservation Strategy

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The U.S. Senate has another new bill to promote historic preservation at HBCUs - a plan with new provisions recommended by UNCF-The College Fund.

The plan introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is similar to other bills introduced this session but with additional provisions suggested by UNCF, congressional aides say. The HBCU Historic Preservation Act of 2002 would allocate more federal funds for preservation while in some cases limiting the amount of matching funds colleges would have to provide for such projects.

"We simply need to make HBCUs more contemporary, competitive, living and learning environments," said Dr. Michael Lomax, Dillard University president, in supporting the bill introduced in late September.

Landrieu said her bill bears many similarities to other legislation but would include an "orderly process" to identify, need and set priorities. "It's important to preserve these natural treasures," the senator said.

The bill incorporates many provisions from legislation introduced by Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.

For example, both bills would set at 30 percent the amount of non-federal matching funds colleges would have to provide for projects. An earlier federal law had required HBCUs to provide a 50 percent match. …

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