FR Doc E9-4360[Federal Register: March 2, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 39)]
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[CFDA No. 84.031A]

Strengthening Institutions Program

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of intent to fund down the fiscal year (FY) 2008 grant 
slate for the Strengthening Institutions Program.


SUMMARY: The Secretary intends to use the grant slate developed in FY 
2008 for the Strengthening Institutions Program authorized by Title 
III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to 
make new grant awards in FY 2009. The Secretary takes this action 
because a significant number of high-quality applications remain on 
last year's grant slate. We expect to use an estimated $19,308,000 for 
new awards in FY 2009. The actual level of funding depends on final 
Congressional action.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darlene B. Collins, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street, NW., 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20006-6450. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7576 or via Internet:
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    On April 22, 2008, we published a notice in the Federal Register 
(73 FR 21614) inviting applications for new awards under the 
Strengthening Institutions Program.
    In response to this notice, we received a significant number of 
high-quality applications for grants under the Strengthening 
Institutions Program and made 61 new grant awards. However, many 
applications that were awarded high scores by peer reviewers did not 
receive funding in FY 2008.
    Limited funding may be available for new awards under this program 
in FY 2009. To conserve funding that would have been required for a 
peer review of new grant applications and to instead use those funds to 
support grant activities, we will select grantees in FY 2009 from the 
existing slate of applicants. This slate was developed during the FY 
2008 competition using

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the selection criteria, application requirements, and definitions 
referenced in the Federal Register notice.

    Note: To be eligible to receive a grant under the process 
outlined in this notice all Individual Development grant applicants 
that received a peer review score of 89.33 or above during the FY 
2008 Title III, Part A Strengthening Institutions Program 
competition and that did not receive funding in the FY 2008 
competition for the Strengthening Institutions Program MUST apply 
for designation as an eligible institution for the programs 
authorized by Title III and Title V of the HEA. The notice inviting 
applications for designation as an eligible institution under the 
Title III and Title V programs was published in the Federal Register 
on January 21, 2009 (74 FR 3579). For those applicant institutions 
seeking eligibility to apply for funds under the Title III and Title 
V programs, the deadline for applications was February 20, 2009.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1057-1059d.

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    Delegation of Authority: The Secretary of Education has delegated 
authority to Daniel T. Madzelan, Director, Forecasting and Policy 
Analysis for the Office of Postsecondary Education to perform the 
functions of the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.

    Dated: February 25, 2009.
Daniel T. Madzelan,
Director, Forecasting and Policy Analysis.
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