Establishes a Project GRAD program authorizing the Secretary to award a contract to Project GRAD USA (a nonprofit educational organization aiming to improve secondary school graduation and postsecondary attendance and completion rates for low-income students) to provide technical assistance and support through subcontracts to existing and new programs that implement a set of integrated education reform services.
Requires the contractor to select only subcontractors that serve a substantial number or percentage of low-income students.
Requires the programs to identify one or more groups of public schools at which services will be provided through a feeder pattern through which elementary and middle schools channel students having participated in program services into an identified secondary school.
Requires subcontractors to match federal funds.
Requires Project GRAD program services to include:
(1) research-based programs in reading, mathematics, and classroom management;
(2) campus-based social services programs, including increasing family and community involvement in schools;
(3) a postsecondary school access program providing postsecondary school scholarships for students who meet established criteria, increasing student and family postsecondary awareness, and assisting students to apply for higher education financial aid; and
(4) other services the contractor identifies as necessary.
Establishes the Mathematics and Science Scholars program, providing competitive matching grants to states for scholarships to students who, after completing a rigorous secondary school curriculum in mathematics and science, pursue postsecondary education, in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or a health-related field.
Directs the Secretary to award competitive grants to partnerships of IHEs, employers, workforce investment boards, and labor organizations to expand or create programs that provide job skills training in high-growth and high-wage fields and meet the needs of working students.
Gives priority to programs focused on serving nontraditional students.
Requires the Secretary to award competitive grants to accredited:
(1) undergraduate registered nurse (RN) nursing programs to expand faculty and facilities to accommodate additional students; or
(2) graduate nursing programs to accommodate advanced practice degrees for RNs or provide teachers for nursing students.
Authorizes the use of such grants to support partnerships with hospitals or health facilities which will enable students to earn a salary while obtaining an advanced degree in nursing with the goal of becoming nurse faculty.
Authorizes the Secretary to award competitive grants to IHEs to establish or strengthen academic programs or centers that promote knowledge of traditional American history, free institutions, and Western civilization.
Authorizes the Secretary to award a grant to Teach For America, Inc. to implement and expand its program of recruiting, selecting, training, and supporting new teachers who commit to teach for two years in underserved communities.
Directs the Secretary to provide for a study, at least once every three years, examining the achievement levels of students taught by such teachers.
Requires Teach For America, Inc. to contract with an independent auditor to conduct a comprehensive review of its accounting, financial reporting, and internal control systems.
Establishes the Patsy T. Mink Fellowship program of awards to assist highly qualified minorities and women to acquire the doctoral degree, or highest possible degree available, in academic areas in which such individuals are underrepresented, to enable them to enter the higher education professoriate.
Requires fellowship recipients to serve at the IHE from which they received the fellowship for a period equivalent to the fellowship period.
Directs the Secretary to award a grant to a nonprofit organization to conduct a needs assessment of, and provide comprehensive services to, urban LEAs and rural states to improve postsecondary education enrollment rates.
Authorizes the Secretary to award competitive grants to a state for the establishment of a State Early Childhood Education Professional Development and Career Task Force:
(1) composed of state, higher education, and early childhood education representatives; and
(2) tasked with developing a plan for a comprehensive statewide early childhood education professional development and career system that includes the provision of postsecondary educational assistance to individuals who agree to work in early childhood education programs.
Authorizes the Secretary to award a grant to a partnership of IHEs and private career organizations to expand programs for the development of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics professionals, from elementary school through postsecondary education, including existing programs for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students.
Establishes Pilot Programs to Increase College Persistence and Success which consist of:
(1) a Pilot Program to Increase Persistence and Success in Community Colleges under which the Secretary awards competitive grants to community colleges for scholarships and counseling services for low-income students with dependent children; and
(2) a Student Success Grant Pilot program awarding competitive, matching grants to IHEs to provide student success coaches and other support services to Pell grant-eligible students, beginning in their first year, who are assessed as needing developmental education to bring their reading, writing, or mathematics skills up to college level.
Authorizes the Secretary to award competitive matching grants to IHEs to do one or more of the following:
(1) develop and implement a state-of-the art emergency communications system;
(2) take measures to improve IHE safety; or
(3) coordinate, with appropriate local entities, the provision of mental health services to students and staff affected by a campus or community emergency.
Requires the Secretary to continue to advise IHEs and disseminate information concerning model emergency response policies, procedures, and practices.
Requires the Secretary to continue to coordinate with the Secretary of Homeland Security and other agencies to develop and maintain procedures to address the needs of IHEs in the event of a federally declared major disaster or emergency.
Authorizes the Secretary to establish an Education Disaster and Emergency Relief Loan program for IHEs affected by a federally declared major disaster or emergency.
Directs the Secretary to continue to provide guidance that clarifies the role of IHEs regarding disclosures of a student's education records in the event that such student demonstrates significant risk of harm to himself or herself or to others.
Requires such guidance to clarify that IHEs which in good faith comply with the requirements of this Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 shall not be held liable for that disclosure.
Establishes a Low Tuition program requiring the Secretary to award:
(1) grants to IHEs that, for an academic year, have tuition and fee increases that are in the lowest 20% of such increases for comparable schools, are public IHEs whose tuition and fees are in the lowest quartile of comparable IHEs, or are public IHEs whose tuition and fee increases are less than $600 for full-time undergraduate students; and
(2) bonus amounts to public IHEs whose tuition and fees are in the lowest quartile of comparable IHEs, public IHEs that guarantee that their tuition and fee increases will not exceed $600 per year for full-time undergraduate students, and private IHEs that guarantee that their tuition and fees will not increase by a percentage greater than the percentage change in such tuition and fees over the past three academic years.
Requires IHEs to distribute such grants and bonuses as need-based grant aid to students who are eligible for federal Pell Grants. Establishes a Cooperative Education program authorizing the Secretary to award competitive grants to IHEs for cooperative education programs that provide alternating or parallel periods of study and employment, giving students work experience related to their academic or occupational objectives and the earnings needed to finance their education.
Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to, or enter into contracts with, IHEs or nonprofit organizations for:
(1) demonstration projects testing innovations in cooperative education;
(2) cooperative education training and resource centers; and
(3) cooperative education research.
Authorizes the Secretary to make College Partnership grants to partnerships between IHEs and between IHEs and states for the implementation of articulation agreements between IHEs, academic program enhancements, and the removal of barriers that inhibit student transfers.
Creates a Jobs to Careers program directing the Secretary to award competitive grants to IHEs to create workforce bridge programs that customize developmental education curricula to reflect the content of for-credit occupational certificate or degree programs in which developmental education students are enrolled or plan to enroll.
Gives grant priority to IHEs:
(1) in which at least 50% of the first-year students who are subject to mandatory assessment are assessed as needing developmental courses designed to give them collegiate reading, writing, or mathematics skills; and
(2) that propose to collaborate with adult education providers or replicate practices that have proven effective with adults.
Authorizes the Secretary to award competitive grants to partnerships between rural IHEs, rural LEAs, and rural regional employers or workforce investment boards for activities to:
(1) improve the rural IHE enrollment rates of rural secondary school students;
(2) increase nontraditional students' participation in rural IHE degree programs;
(3) create or strengthen academic programs at rural IHEs that prepare graduates for high-need occupations in the regional and local economies; and
(4) provide additional career training to rural postsecondary school students in fields relevant to the regional economy.
Authorizes the Secretary to award competitive grants or contracts to IHEs to develop programs to reduce and eliminate the illegal downloading and distribution of intellectual property.
Directs the Secretary to make competitive grants to certain accredited court reporting programs to promote the recruitment, training, and placement of individuals, including those who have completed a court reporting training program, as realtime writers providing closed captioning in video programming.
Directs the Secretary to award grants to IHEs to develop model programs for students who are veterans that involve the establishment by each grantee of a campus Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, providing a single point of contact for the coordination of comprehensive support services for such students.
Directs the Secretary to make grants to establish sustainability programs at IHEs. Requires such programs to develop and implement:
(1) sustainability practices, including in the areas of energy management, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, green building, waste management, purchasing, transportation, and toxics management; and
(2) other aspects of sustainability that integrate campus operations with multidisciplinary educational programs that can apply to the private and government sectors.
Requires the Secretary to establish a taskforce within the Department to recommend improvements to the study of modeling and simulation, and identify the core capacities that students in such programs should acquire.
Authorizes the Secretary to award:
(1) competitive grants to IHEs for the enhancement of their existing modeling and simulation programs; and
(2) grants to IHEs for the establishment of such programs.
Establishes a Path to Success program authorizing the Secretary to award grants to community colleges to establish partnerships with juvenile detention centers and secure juvenile justice residential facilities to provide assistance, services, and education to individuals age 16 through 25 who have been convicted of a criminal offense and have served or are serving time in such facilities and reenter the community and pursue certificates of completion for a specialized area of study or associates degrees.
Requires such education programs to establish a uniquely designed education plan for each individual program participant that requires the individual to receive at least such a certificate or degree in order to complete the program successfully.
Gives program priority to community colleges proposing to serve the highest number of individuals who have committed gang-related offenses.
Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award competitive grants to veterinary schools or entities offering veterinary training to increase the number of veterinarians in the workforce.
Authorizes the Secretary to establish an Early Federal Pell Grant Demonstration Program awarding:
(1) grants to four state education agencies to cover program administrative expenses; and
(2) Pell Grants to eighth grade students who are eligible for a free or reduced price meal under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.
Authorizes the Secretary to award a grant to the University of Hawaii Academy for Creative Media for the establishment, maintenance, and periodic modernization of the Henry Kuualoha Giugni Kupuna Memorial Archives at the University of Hawaii. Requires the Archives to use grant funds for, among other things:
(1) the acquisition of a secure web accessible repository of Native Hawaiian historical data;
(2) college scholarships for disadvantaged students;
(3) the creation of educational materials applicable to a broad range of indigenous students;
(4) outreach to elementary and secondary school students;
(5) relevant teacher training; and
(6) the enhancement of the economic and financial literacy of college students.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2009-FY2014 for the preceding title VIII programs.
Appropriates funds for FY2009-2014 for:
(1) the masters degree programs at historically Black colleges and universities and Predominantly Black Institutions (See section 706, above); and
(2) postbaccalaureate programs at Hispanic-serving institutions (See section 502, above).