Member Advisory--May 14, 2007
HACU praises passage of HR 1867 National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2007
For the first time, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) have been prominently included in the National Science Foundation (NSF) reauthorization bill for 2007 thanks to the advocacy efforts of HACU, its membership and the many HACU friends on the Hill.
The NSF Reauthorization bill (HR 1867), passed 399-17 by the House on May 2, 2007, includes language that authorizes NSF to establish a new program to award grants to HSIs to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering and technology education at HSIs and to increase the retention and graduation rates of students pursuing associate or baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
Representatives McNerney (D-CA), Giffords (D-AZ) and
HR 1867 directs NSF to report to Congress on how the nation's higher education system will prepare minority students attending Hispanic-Serving Institutions and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to become the STEM leaders for the nation's science and technology efforts. The report will also address the role of MSIs in the diversification of
These new provisions are key to the development of a stronger partnership between HSIs and NSF for the benefit of the faculty and the many students enrolled in these institutions. Our membership is encouraged to send a letter of appreciation to their