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Member Advisory--August 3, 2005

 

HACU urges support for President’s Advisory Board on HSIs

 

HACU urges the leadership of every HACU-member college and university to contact U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to appeal for the creation of a President’s Advisory Board for HSIs.

 

Currently through Executive Order of the President there exist two Advisory Boards with a focus on Minority-Serving Institutions: the President’s Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities (1996) and the President’s Board of Advisors for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (1989).

 

These Presidential Boards of Advisors provide advice to the Secretary of Education and the President on post secondary education issues. The area of focus for the Advisory Boards is MSI participation in Federal agency programs that support institutional infrastructure, academic and faculty development, planning and development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the long-term viability of these institutions.

 

Members of these Boards are appointed by the President and include representatives of colleges and universities, business and financial institutions, private foundations and secondary education.

 

There is no corresponding Board of Advisors for Hispanic Serving Institutions, even though HSIs represent the largest number of Minority-Serving Institutions in the United States and HACU has several times made this request to the President and to the Secretary of Education.  HSIs lack an institutional channel to advise the Secretary of Education and the President on issues vital to HSIs and Hispanic higher education. 

 

HACU is asking the leadership of every HACU-member institution to immediately contact Secretary Margaret Spellings to urge that she request the President to establish through Executive Order a President’s Advisory Board on HSIs.

 

A draft letter to Secretary Spellings is below for your convenience. Your action on this issue will make the difference.  The Fax number for the Secretary of Education is (202) 401-2854.

 

Please contact HACU’s Washington, D.C., offices at (202) 833-8361 for any additional information or assistance.

 

YOUR LEADERSHIP WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

 

HACU Member Advisories are a service of the

 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

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DRAFT

August 3, 2005

 

The Honorable Margaret Spellings

U.S. Secretary of Education

400 Maryland Avenue S.W.

Washington D.C.  20202

 

Dear Secretary Spellings:

 

I am writing to you in support of the creation of a President’s Advisory Board on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). 

 

Hispanic-Serving Institutions provide access to post secondary education to 50% of all Hispanic students attending a college or university. Unfortunately many of these institutions receive less than half the federal resources as other mainstream post secondary institutions and on average have less than half the total funding per student as other colleges and universities. The outstanding success of Title V of the HEA is beginning to address this inequity but also illustrates the need for greater federal support. 

 

To fully address this resource inequity, HACU is respectfully requesting your strong recommendation to the President to establish a President’s Advisory Board on HSIs.    This Advisory Board will be located within the Department of Education and will be responsible to advocate for greater support directed to the infrastructure needs of the nation’s HSIs. 

 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities since 1989 and Tribal Colleges and Universities since 1996 have utilized Presidential Boards of Advisors to inform key education officials within the Department of Education and the Office of the President on the status and condition of the MSIs serving African Americans and Native Americans.

 

HSI have not had access to a comparable President’s Board of Advisors for Hispanic-Serving Institutions, even though HSIs represent the largest number of Minority-Serving Institution in the United States. Both your office and the President would greatly benefit from a well-defined channel for receiving advice on issues vital to HSIs in the area of post secondary education.

 

As president of an HSI, I am appealing to you to strongly consider the value of a Board of Advisors to your office and to recommend that the President so appoint a President’s Board of Advisors for HSIs.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

President

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