Establishes the Mathematics and Science Scholars program, providing competitive matching grants to states for scholarships to first and second year college students who complete a rigorous secondary school curriculum in mathematics and science.
Directs the Secretary to contract with an independent bipartisan organization to study the cost factors associated with tuition at IHEs. Authorizes the Secretary to award competitive grants to partnerships of community colleges and workforce investment boards for job skills training in high-growth occupations or industries.
Authorizes the Secretary to award competitive grants to:
(1) undergraduate registered nurse (R.N.) nursing programs to expand faculty and facilities to accommodate additional students; or
(2) graduate nursing programs to accommodate advanced practice degrees for R.N.s or provide teachers for nursing students.
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 of Education 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.
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 contract with a nonprofit organization to conduct a needs assessment of, and provide comprehensive services to, urban LEAs and rural states to improve higher education enrollment rates.
Authorizes the Secretary to award formula grants to Predominantly Black Institutions to:
(1) enhance their capacity to serve more low and middle-income Black American students;
(2) expand higher education opportunities for students eligible for student assistance under title IV of the HEA by encouraging such students to prepare for college and persist in secondary and postsecondary education; and
(3) strengthen their financial ability to serve the academic needs of such students.
Defines Predominantly Black Institutions as accredited institutions serving at least 1,000 undergraduate students at least:
(1) 50% of whom are pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree;
(2) 40% of whom are African-Americans; and
(3) 50% of whom are low-income or first-generation college students.
Requires the spending per full-time undergraduate student of such institutions to be low in comparison to that of institutions offering similar instruction.
Early Childhood Education Professional Development and Career Task Force Act - Authorize 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 college, including existing programs for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students.
Establishes a Pilot Program to Increase Persistence 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.
Provides scholarship funds to students upon their completion of certain academic milestones.
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 affected by a campus or community emergency.
Gives the Secretary, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security joint authority to advise IHEs and disseminate information concerning model emergency response policies, procedures, and practices.