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ACTION ALERT--July 15, 2005


HACU urges support for graduate education amendment to HR 609


HACU urges the leadership of every HACU member to contact members of the House Education and Workforce Committee to show your support of the amendment that Representative Ruben Hinojosa will introduce next week that would insert a provision under Title V of the Higher Education Act for the creation and expansion of graduate education opportunities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). 


Hinojosa will introduce this provision as an amendment to HR 609, the “College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005,” as the House Education and Workforce Committee proceeds to mark up amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA).  Representative Hinojosa’s amendment will mirror HR 761 “The Next Generation of Hispanic-Serving Institutions,” which already has the express bi-partisan support of Members of Congress.  


HACU urges the leadership of every HACU-member institution to immediately contact the Representatives listed below and emphasize the importance of the amendment to remedy a major inequity in Hispanic higher education.  HSIs remain severely underfunded and have no targeted Federal support for graduate education.  This fact is reflected in the dismal Hispanic enrollment and graduation rates in masters (4%), professional (5%), and doctoral degrees (3%).  These numbers must be increased as close to parity with our fast-growing Hispanic population that today represents approximately 15 percent of our total national population.


Please let the Committee members know how important this amendment is to the Hispanic higher education community.  This amendment would not only redress an injurious Federal inequity, but will also address a crucial national imperative to afford a graduate and professional education to a major segment of the U.S. workforce.


Your action will make a difference!  Fax a letter (see attached sample letter), send an e-mail, or make a personal telephone call.  Contact HACU’s DC office at (202) 833-8361 for additional information or assistance.


Click here for a list of House Education and the Workforce Committee members, with links to their home pages and contact information.