H.R. 4476 (106th): Dual Degree Achievement Act

106th Congress, 1999–2000. Text as of May 17, 2000 (Introduced).

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HR 4476 IH

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4476

To authorize a program of assistance for partnerships between minority-serving institutions and other institutions of higher education that enable students attending minority-serving institutions to earn dual degrees and enter fields in which students from those institutions are underrepresented, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 17, 2000

Mr. CLAY (for himself, Mr. MARTINEZ, Mr. OWENS, Mr. ROMERO-BARCELO, Mr. PASTOR, Mr. CLYBURN, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. HINOJOSA, Mrs. MINK of Hawaii, and Mrs. MEEK of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To authorize a program of assistance for partnerships between minority-serving institutions and other institutions of higher education that enable students attending minority-serving institutions to earn dual degrees and enter fields in which students from those institutions are underrepresented, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Dual Degree Achievement Act’.

SEC. 2. DUAL DEGREE ACHIEVEMENT.

    Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1000 et seq.) is amended--

      (1) by redesignating part F as part G;

      (2) by inserting immediately after part E a new Part F to read as follows:

‘PART F--DUAL DEGREE ACHIEVEMENT

‘SEC. 371. FINDINGS; PURPOSE.

    ‘(a) FINDINGS- For the reasons set forth in sections 301, 321, 341, 350, and 501 of this Act, the Federal Government--

      ‘(1) has a unique relationship with, and a substantial investment in, the institutions that receive grants under this title and title V of this Act; and

      ‘(2) should continue to seek new and even more effective ways to improve and strengthen those institutions.

    ‘(b) PURPOSE- It is the purpose of this part to--

      ‘(1) strengthen curricula and enhance student opportunities at minority-serving institutions;

      ‘(2) increase postgraduate access and persistence for students who attend such institutions; and

      ‘(3) increase diversity within scientific, technical, and other professions requiring baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate study.

‘SEC. 372. PROGRAM AUTHORITY.

    ‘(a) IN GENERAL-

      (1) From funds appropriated under section 399(a)(6), the Secretary shall make grants to eligible partnerships under subsection (b) to carry out the activities described in section 373.

      ‘(2) Each grant awarded under this part shall be for a five-year period.

    ‘(b) ELIGIBILITY-

      (1) For purposes of this part, an eligible partnership shall include--

        ‘(A) one or more minority-serving institutions that award baccalaureate degrees; and

        ‘(B) one or more partner institutions.

      ‘(2) Other public and private entities, including minority-serving institutions that do not award baccalaureate degrees (such as community colleges), community based organizations, and businesses, may be included in partnerships under this section.

    ‘(c) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this part--

      ‘(1) a ‘minority-serving institution’ means an institution that is eligible to apply for assistance under sections 316 or 317, under part B of this title, or under title V of this Act; and

      ‘(2) a ‘partner institution’ means an institution of higher education that offers a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree not awarded by the minority-serving institutions with which it is partnered.

    ‘(d) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- In addition to the application requirements under section 391, an eligible partnership under subsection (b)(1) shall include in its application--

      ‘(1) the name of each partner and a description of its responsibilities as a member of the partnership;

      ‘(2) a copy of the partnership agreement, including any articulation agreement between the partners;

      ‘(3) a description of--

        ‘(A) the academic fields of study to be covered by the project and the degrees to be awarded by the partners;

        ‘(B) how the project will operate, including a description of how the project will build on existing services and activities, if any, and be coordinated with other related Federal and non-Federal programs;

        ‘(C) the need for the project, including, if the project is to cover academic fields of study that have not otherwise been published by the Secretary under subsection (f), a demonstration of how those fields of study are associated with professions in which students who attend minority serving institutions are underrepresented;

        ‘(D) the resources that each member of the partnership will contribute to the partnership; and

        ‘(E) how the partnership will support and continue its program under this part after the grant has expired; and

      ‘(4) assurances that--

        ‘(A) each member of a partnership will designate an individual at that institution to serve as the primary point of contact for the partnership at that institution;

        ‘(B) each participating student--

          ‘(i) is enrolled in an academic program that leads to a five year baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree not awarded by the minority-serving institution;

          ‘(ii) who successfully completes the program will be awarded a baccalaureate degree from the minority-serving institution and a baccalaureate degree or a master’s degree from the partner institution that the student attends;

          ‘(iii) at each minority-serving institution will be informed of, and have access to, the instruction and rigorous academic courses necessary to obtain dual degrees and enter into their chosen field; and

          ‘(iv) will maintain satisfactory academic progress while in the program;

        ‘(C) a minority-serving institution under section 372(b)(1)(A) will be the fiscal agent for the partnership; and

        ‘(D) each institution will use the funds made available under this part only to supplement, and not supplant, assistance that otherwise would be provided to participating students.

    ‘(e) PUBLICATION OF STUDY FIELDS- Each year, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a list of baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree fields of study that are associated with professions in which students attending minority-serving institutions are underrepresented.

‘SEC. 373. USES OF FUNDS.

    ‘(a) IN GENERAL- Grants awarded under this part shall be used for--

      ‘(1) support services to students participating in the program, such as tutoring, mentoring, and academic and personal counseling, as well as any service which facilitates the transition of minority students from the minority-serving institution to the partner institution;

      ‘(2) scholarships to students in their 4th and 5th years in the program;

      ‘(3) reimbursement to minority-serving institutions for the amount of tuition that they would have received had participating students attended those institutions during their 4th year of the program instead of the partner institution; and

      ‘(4) academic program enhancements at the minority-serving institution which result in increasing the quality of the program offered and the quantity of student participants in the dual degree program offered.

    ‘(b) SCHOLARSHIPS-

      ‘(1) Scholarships awarded under this section shall reflect any additional amount of tuition and fees charged the participating student by the partner institution compared to the amount of tuition and fees charged the student by the minority-serving institution during the student’s 3rd year in the program.

      ‘(2) Scholarships awarded under this section shall not be considered for the purposes of awarding Federal Pell Grants under subpart 1 of part A of title IV, except that in no case shall the total amount of student financial assistance awarded to a student under this section and title IV exceed the student’s cost of attendance, as defined in section 472.

    ‘(c) SPECIAL RULE- A majority of the funds received under this program part shall be expended for scholarships to assist minority students in acquiring degrees from the minority-serving institution and the partner institution and reimbursement to minority-serving institutions pursuant to subsection (a)(3).’; and

      (3) in part G, as redesignated by paragraph (1)--

        (A) in section 391(b)(1), by striking out ‘part C, D, or E’ and inserting in lieu thereof ‘part C, D, E, or F’; and

        (B) in section 399(a), by adding a new paragraph (6) to read as follows:

      ‘(6) PART F- There are authorized to be appropriated $40,000,000 to carry out part F for fiscal year 2001 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 2 succeeding fiscal years.’.

SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    This Act shall take effect on the date of its enactment.