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August 14, 2017

HACU president presents before NSF advisory committee

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' President and CEO Antonio R. Flores was among the panelists presenting before the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advisory Committee of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources on the proposed subcommittee "Building Capacity at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)" on Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Va.

The purpose of the panel was to provide guidance on creating a new Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) program as directed by Congress. HACU also provided recommendations for subcommittee members including presidents, chancellors, and provosts from HSIs. The presentation focused on adequate funding for programs, realistic timelines and addressing the current culture of the scientific community.

Funding for an NSF grant program supporting undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at HSIs was approved by Congress as part of the final Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus spending bill.