May 14, 2019
HACU Call to Action for passage of the Fostering Undergraduate by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act – Call your members of Congress
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has issued a call-for-action for passage of the Fostering Undergraduate by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act (H.R. 2486 / S. 1279) introduced by Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Tim Scott (R-SC), along with Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Mark Walker (R-NC). For additional information on the bill, visit the HACU Advocacy Center.
The bill reauthorizes Title III, Part F of the Higher Education Act until the end of FY 2021. Current authority is set to expire on September 30, 2019. For the past decade this program has played a vital role in increasing STEM production and expanding institutional capacity at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
HSIs alone account for 15% of all non-profit colleges and universities, and yet enroll 66% of all Hispanic students. And despite having access to fewer resources compared to other institutions, HSIs impressively produced 40% of the STEM bachelor’s degrees earned by Latino students.
As our nation becomes increasingly diverse and the number of MSIs continues to grow, federal funding for these schools is more important than ever to ensure that we can prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.
Click here to urge Congress to pass the FUTURE Act before the MSI programs’ authority expires at the end of FY 2019.