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Member Advisory-- April 30, 2007

HACU urges membership to support McNerney, Giffords and Crowley Amendment to the National Science Foundation Authorization Act - HR 1867

HACU is urging its membership to call their Congressional Representatives and request their support for the McNerney, Giffords and Crowley amendment to HR 1867. This amendment will establish an "Hispanic-Serving Institutions Undergraduate Program" to award competitive grants to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, mathematics and engineering education (STEM) at HSIs.

Time is of the essence as this bill is scheduled for floor action on Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

This HACU amendment is one of 16 recommendations for Hispanic-Serving Institutions program funding to enhance research and teaching and workforce development capacity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas.

Hispanics continue to be grossly underrepresented in STEM areas. The National Science Foundation reports that Hispanics earn only 2.8 percent of doctorates in science and engineering. The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) reports that for the 2003-2004 academic year, only 104 Hispanic students out of 5,923 students earned doctorate degrees in engineering and only 25 out of 1,060 earned a doctorate in mathematics and statistics. At the master's level, NCES reports that only 114 Hispanics students out of 4,191 earned a master's degree in mathematics and statistics and only 139 Hispanic students out of 5,570 earned a master's degree in physical sciences and technology for the same academic year.

HACU is asking Congress to include the 16 policy recommendations into the 2007 NSF Reauthorization bill which Congress is expected to pass into law during the 110th Congress. In the coming weeks HACU will again ask for your support on this bill and other bills and amendments crucial to moving HACU's agenda forward.

Your action on this issue will make the difference for your HSIs and for the nation. The HACU HSI National Science Foundation policy document with the 16 recommendations is available for review by clicking here.

Please contact Rosa Garcia at HACU's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 261-2090 or via email at rgarcia@hacu.net for any additional information or assistance.


YOUR LEADERSHIP WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

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