Member Advisory--February 16, 2005
HACU praises the introduction of technology bill
Senator George Allen of
HACU calls for swift passage of the bill that would provide grants for new technology equipment and infrastructure expansion, as well as new faculty development, classroom technology, training, technology partnership and technology education leadership development opportunities for eligible HSIs and other Minority-Serving Institutions.
“The rapidly changing global economy and national security priorities require the elimination of the ‘digital divide’ in our country, particularly on college campuses,” said HACU President and CEO
While all sectors of society are acquiring greater access to information technology and connectivity to the Internet, the gap between the better educated and those behind them is widening each year. The U.S. Department of Commerce series of reports, “Falling Through the Net,” and “A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use of the Internet,” documents the divide between Hispanics and whites and Hispanics and the nation as a whole. The 2000 report, the last reporting on households, notes that more than one half of
This same report documents that in 2000 Hispanics made almost 27% less individual use of the Internet than non-Hispanic whites. In the latest 2001 report the gap grew to over 28%. In short, Hispanics are slowly increasing computer and Internet access, but the digital divide between them and the rest of the nation’s population is getting wider rather than narrow.
Because of this persisting gap in access to technology,
Senator Allen had introduced a similar measure in the 108th Congress which passed the Senate 97-0, but stalled in the House.
HACU’s Capitol Forum, April 3-5, 2005, at the
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