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Part IV





Department of Education





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34 CFR Parts 655, 656, 657, et al.



International Education Programs; Final Rule


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Parts 655, 656, 657, 658, 660, and 661

[Docket ID ED-2009-OPE-0002]
RIN 1840-AC97

 
International Education Programs

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Final regulations.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary amends the regulations for the National Resource 
Centers Program for Foreign Language and Area Studies or Foreign 
Language and International Studies (NRC Program), Foreign Language and 
Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Program, Undergraduate International 
Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program, International Research 
and Studies (IRS) Program, and the Business and International Education 
(BIE) Program to ensure that these regulations reflect the changes made 
to title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) by 
the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA).

DATES:  Effective Date: These regulations are effective on August 17, 
2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jessica Finkel, U.S. Department of 
Education, 1990 K Street, NW., Room 8031, Washington, DC 20006-8502. 
Telephone: (202) 502-7647 or via the Internet at: 
Jessica.Finkel@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an 
accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in this section.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These final regulations incorporate changes 
made to the HEA by the HEOA. These changes align the program 
regulations with the changes made to the programs by the HEOA, 
including revised program descriptions, eligibility criteria, and 
activities.
    The following discussion describes each of the changes made to the 
regulations and the specific statutory change in the HEA on which the 
regulatory change is based.

General

    Statute: The HEOA amended numerous sections of the HEA to refer to 
``consortia'' of institutions of higher education rather than 
``combinations'' of institutions of higher education. Specifically, 
section 610 of the HEOA amended sections 603(a) and 604(a)(5) of the 
HEA by replacing the word ``combination'' with the word ``consortium'' 
each time it appears. Similarly, section 602(1) of the HEOA amended 
section 602(a)(1) of the HEA by replacing the word ``combination'' with 
the word ``consortium.'' Finally, section 604(1) of the HEOA amended 
section 604(a)(1) of the HEA by replacing references to the words 
``combination'' and ``combinations'' with the words ``consortium'' and 
``consortia,'' respectively.
    Regulatory Change: To better reflect the language in the statute, 
we have revised the following regulatory sections to refer to 
``consortium'' and ``consortia'' (as appropriate) rather than 
``combination'' and ``combinations'': 34 CFR 655.4(b), 34 CFR 656.1 and 
656.2, 34 CFR 657.2, and 34 CFR 658.1, 658.2, 658.10, 658.30, 658.32, 
and 658.35.

International Education Programs--General Provisions

    Statute: None.
    Regulatory Change: We have corrected two errors in part 655. First, 
in Sec.  655.4(b), we have replaced the words ``definition applies'' 
with the words ``definitions apply'' because that paragraph provides 
definitions for multiple terms. Second, we have corrected the language 
in Sec.  655.10 to identify the appropriate subparts of 34 CFR parts 
656, 657, 658, 660, 661 and 669 that describe the kinds of projects 
that the Secretary assists under the International Education Programs.

NRC Program

    Statute: Section 602(1)(B)(iii) of the HEOA amended section 
602(a)(2) of the HEA by expanding the types of activities for which 
grantees may use funds under the National Language and Area Centers and 
Programs authority. The Department operates the NRC Program under this 
authority.
    Regulatory Change: In the NRC Program regulations, we have expanded 
Sec.  656.3 to include the activities added to section 602(a)(2) of the 
HEA by the HEOA. As amended, Sec.  656.3 now states that a 
comprehensive or undergraduate National Resource Center (i) supports 
instructors of the less commonly taught languages, and (ii) encourages 
projects that support students in the science, technology, engineering, 
and mathematics fields to achieve foreign language proficiency.
    Statute: Section 602(1)(C) of the HEOA expanded section 602(a)(4) 
of the HEA, which describes the outreach and summer institute grants 
that the Secretary may make to centers and programs under the NRC 
Program.
    Regulatory Change: We have amended Sec.  656.5 to incorporate the 
new activities that may be funded by an outreach or summer institute 
grant under section 602(a)(4) of the HEA. Consistent with the statutory 
changes made, we have added a new Sec.  656.5(b)(3) to clarify that the 
Secretary may support a center for the purpose of linkage or outreach 
between or among postsecondary programs or departments in foreign 
language, area studies, or other international fields, and State 
educational agencies and local educational agencies.
    Statute: Section 607(2) of the HEOA amended section 607(b) of the 
HEA to add two factors to be considered by the Secretary when awarding 
grants under section 602 of the HEA, governing the NRC and FLAS 
programs. Specifically, section 607(2) directs the Secretary to (1) 
take into account the degree to which activities of centers, programs, 
and fellowships at institutions of higher education address national 
needs, and generate information for and disseminate information to the 
public and (2) consider an applicant's record of placing students into 
post-graduate employment, education, or training in areas of national 
need and an applicant's stated efforts to increase the number of such 
students that go into such placements.
    Regulatory Change: In the NRC Program regulations, we have added 
the two new selection criteria as paragraphs (3) and (4) in Sec. Sec.  
656.21(c) and 656.22(c). We have also added the two new criteria as 
paragraphs (3) and (4) in Sec.  657.21(c) in the FLAS Program 
regulations.

FLAS Program

    Statute: Section 602(2)(B) of the HEOA amended section 602(b)(2) of 
the HEA to provide that undergraduate students, in addition to graduate 
students, may be eligible for fellowships under the FLAS Program.
    Regulatory Change: Consistent with the statutory changes made to 
section 602(b)(2) of the HEA, we have amended Sec. Sec.  657.1(a), 
657.3, and 657.21 to clarify that both graduate students and 
undergraduate students are eligible for fellowships under the FLAS 
Program. The changes made to Sec.  657.3 (Who is eligible to receive a 
fellowship?) incorporate the statutory language reflected in section 
602(b)(2) of the HEA and describe the respective activities in which an 
undergraduate student and graduate student must engage in order to be 
eligible for a FLAS fellowship.
    Statute: Section 602(3) of the HEOA amended section 602(d) of the 
HEA,

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which describes the allowances that may be included in a fellowship to 
an undergraduate or graduate student under the FLAS Program.
    Regulatory Change: We have revised Sec.  657.31(a)(4) to better 
align the regulatory language regarding allowances for stipends awarded 
to graduate level recipients with the statutory language describing 
these allowances. We also have added a new Sec.  657.31(a)(5) to 
provide, consistent with section 602(d)(2) of the HEA, that a stipend 
awarded to an undergraduate level recipient may include an allowance 
for educational programs in the United States or educational programs 
abroad that meet certain criteria.

UISFL Program

    Statute: Section 604(2) of the HEOA amended section 604(a)(2) of 
the HEA by adding a new allowed use of funds under the (UISFL) Program 
and by amending an existing allowed use of funds.
    Regulatory Change: We have amended Sec.  658.11 to reflect the 
additional activities for which funds may be used under the 
Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program. 
Specifically, we have revised the language in Sec.  658.11(b)(5) to 
better align with the statutory language describing the pre-service 
teacher training and in-service teacher professional development that 
can be conducted under the program. Also, in new Sec.  658.11(j), 
consistent with the additions made to section 604(a)(2) of the HEA, we 
have added as an allowable activity the provision of grants for 
educational programs abroad that are closely linked to the UISFL 
Program's goals and that promote foreign language fluency and knowledge 
of world regions.
    Statute: Section 604(6) of the HEOA amended section 604 of the HEA 
by adding a new paragraph (c)(2) to specify that UISFL Program grantees 
may not use more than ten percent of the funds received under a UISFL 
Program grant for the purpose described in section 604(a)(2)(I) of the 
HEA (i.e., providing grants for educational programs abroad that are 
closely linked to the UISFL Program's goals and that promote foreign 
language fluency and knowledge of world regions).
    Regulatory Change: We have amended Sec.  658.40 by adding a new 
paragraph (b) to incorporate this restriction on the use of funds.
    Statute: Section 604(3) of the HEOA amended section 604(a)(4)(B) of 
the HEA to require institutions seeking a waiver or reduction of their 
non-Federal share to demonstrate, in their grant applications, their 
need for a waiver or reduction.
    Regulatory Change: We have revised Sec.  658.41(d)(2) to clarify 
that the Secretary may waive or reduce a UISFL Program grantee's non-
Federal share for the project, but that the grantee's application must 
demonstrate a need for a waiver or reduction.

IRS Program

    Statute: Section 605 of the HEOA amended section 605(a) of the HEA 
by expanding the activities authorized under the IRS Program. Research 
and studies supported under the IRS Program now include: (i) 
Evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under title VI of 
the HEA reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views and 
generate debate on world regions and international affairs, as 
described in the grantee's application; (ii) the systematic collection, 
analysis, and dissemination of data that contribute to achieving the 
purposes of title VI, part A of the HEA; and (iii) support for programs 
or activities to make data collected, analyzed, or disseminated under 
this part publicly available and easy to understand.
    Regulatory Change: We have amended Sec. Sec.  660.1 and 660.10 to 
include these newly authorized activities. The new activities are 
listed in paragraphs (j), (k), and (l) of Sec.  660.1 (What is the 
International Research and Studies Program?) and in paragraphs (k), 
(l), and (m) of Sec.  660.10 (What activities does the Secretary 
assist?).

BIE Program

    Statute: Section 611(b) of the HEOA amended section 613(c) of the 
HEA to require applicants to provide an assurance that, where 
applicable, the activities funded by a grant made under the BIE Program 
will reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views on world 
regions and international affairs.
    Regulatory Change: We have amended Sec.  661.20 by adding a new 
paragraph (c) to require applicants to make this assurance in their 
applications for funding under the BIE Program.

Executive Order 12866

    Under Executive Order 12866, the Secretary must determine whether 
this regulatory action is ``significant'' and therefore subject to the 
requirements of the Executive order and review by OMB. Section 3(f) of 
Executive Order 12866 defines a ``significant regulatory action'' as an 
action likely to result in a rule that may (1) have an annual effect on 
the economy of $100 million or more, or adversely affect a sector of 
the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public 
health or safety, or State, local or tribal governments, or communities 
in a material way (also referred to as an ``economically significant'' 
rule); (2) create serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an 
action taken or planned by another agency; (3) materially alter the 
budgetary impacts of entitlement grants, user fees, or loan programs or 
the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) create novel 
legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's 
priorities, or the principles set forth in the Executive order. The 
Secretary has determined that this regulatory action is not significant 
under the Executive order.

Potential Costs and Benefits

    Under Executive Order 12866, we have assessed the potential costs 
and benefits of this regulatory action.
    The potential costs associated with these final regulations are 
those resulting from statutory requirements for these discretionary 
grant programs. However, because the Secretary has chosen to regulate 
only to the extent necessary to reflect changes made to the HEA by the 
HEOA, the potential costs associated with the regulations are minimal. 
The benefits of these final regulations will be clarification of the 
requirements governing these programs that will facilitate future 
competitions for awards under these programs. In assessing these costs 
and benefits we have determined that the benefits justify the costs.
    We also have determined that this regulatory action does not unduly 
interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of 
their governmental functions.

Waiver of Proposed Rulemaking

    Under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553), the 
Department is generally required to publish a notice of proposed 
rulemaking and provide the public with an opportunity to comment on 
proposed regulations prior to issuing final regulations. However, the 
APA provides that an agency is not required to conduct notice-and-
comment rulemaking when the agency for good cause finds that notice and 
comment are impracticable, unnecessary or contrary to the public 
interest. These regulations reflect statutory changes made to the HEA 
by the HEOA that are already effective and do not establish or affect 
existing policy. Therefore, under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Secretary has 
determined that a notice of proposed rulemaking is unnecessary and 
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to the public interest and thus not required with regard to these 
regulations.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

    The Secretary certifies that these regulations will not have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. 
The regulations impose minimal requirements to ensure the proper 
expenditure of program funds.

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    These regulations do not contain any information collection 
requirements.

Intergovernmental Review

    The National Resource Centers Program, Foreign Language and Area 
Studies Fellowships Program, Undergraduate International Studies and 
Foreign Language Program, and Business and International Education 
Program are subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 
CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the Executive Order is to foster 
an intergovernmental partnership and a strengthened federalism. The 
Executive Order relies on processes developed by State and local 
governments for coordination and review of proposed Federal financial 
assistance.

Assessment of Educational Impact

    In accordance with section 411 of the General Education Provisions 
Act, 20 U.S.C. 1221e-4, and based on our own review, we have determined 
that these regulations do not require transmission of information that 
any other agency or authority of the United States gathers or makes 
available.

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers: 84.015 National 
Resource Centers Program for Foreign Language and Area Studies or 
Foreign Language and International Studies Program and Foreign 
Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program; 84.016 Undergraduate 
International Studies and Foreign Language Program; 84.017 The 
International Research and Studies Program; 84.153 Business and 
International Education Program)

List of Subjects

34 CFR Part 655

    Colleges and universities, Cultural exchange programs, Educational 
research, Educational study programs, Grant programs--education, 
Scholarships and fellowships.

34 CFR Part 656

    Colleges and universities, Cultural exchange programs, Educational 
study programs, Grant programs--education, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

34 CFR Part 657

    Colleges and universities, Cultural exchange programs, Educational 
study programs, Grant programs--education, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Scholarships and fellowships.

34 CFR Part 658

    Colleges and universities, Cultural exchange programs, Educational 
study programs, Grant programs--education.

34 CFR Part 660

    Colleges and universities, Cultural exchange programs, Educational 
research, Educational study programs, Grant programs--education.

34 CFR Part 661

    Business and industry, Colleges and universities, Educational study 
programs, Grant programs--education, Student aid.

    Dated: July 13, 2009.
Arne Duncan,
Secretary of Education.

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Secretary amends parts 
655, 656, 657, 658, 660, and 661 of title 34 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations as follows:

PART 655--INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS--GENERAL PROVISIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 655 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1121-1130b, unless otherwise noted.


Sec.  655.4   [Amended]

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2. Section 655.4(b) is amended by:
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A. In the introductory text, removing the words ``definition applies'' 
and adding, in their place, the words ``definitions apply''.
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B. In the definition for ``Combination of institutions,'' removing the 
word ``Combination'' and adding, in its place, the word ``Consortium''.

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3. Section 655.10 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  655.10   What kinds of projects does the Secretary assist?

    Subpart A of 34 CFR parts 656, 657, and 669 and subpart B of 34 CFR 
parts 658, 660, 661 describe the kinds of projects that the Secretary 
assists under the International Education Programs.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1121-1127)

PART 656--NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTERS PROGRAM FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE 
AND AREA STUDIES OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

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4. The authority citation for part 656 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1122, unless otherwise noted.


Sec.  656.1   [Amended]

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5. Section 656.1 is amended in the introductory text by removing the 
word ``combinations'' and adding, in its place, the word ``consortia''.


Sec.  656.2   [Amended]

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6. Section 656.2 is amended by removing the word ``combination'' and 
adding, in its place, the word ``consortium''.

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7. Section 656.3 is amended by:
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A. Removing the word ``and'' at the end of paragraph (g).
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B. Removing the punctuation ``.'' at the end of paragraph (h) and 
adding, in its place, the punctuation ``;''.
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C. Adding new paragraphs (i) and (j).
    The additions read as follows:


Sec.  656.3   What activities define a comprehensive or undergraduate 
National Resource Center?

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    (i) Supports instructors of the less commonly taught languages; and
    (j) Encourages projects that support students in the science, 
technology, engineering, and mathematics fields to achieve foreign 
language proficiency.
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8. Section 656.5 is amended by:
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A. Redesignating paragraphs (b)(3), (b)(4), and (b)(5) as paragraphs 
(b)(4), (b)(5), and (b)(6), respectively.
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B. Adding a new paragraph (b)(3).
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C. Revising newly redesignated paragraph (b)(4).

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D. Revising newly redesignated paragraph (b)(6).
    The revisions and additions read as follows:


Sec.  656.5   What activities may be carried out?

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (3) Linkage or outreach between or among--
    (i) Postsecondary programs or departments in foreign language, area 
studies, or other international fields; and
    (ii) State educational agencies or local educational agencies.
    (4) Partnerships or programs of linkage and outreach with 
departments or agencies of Federal and State governments, including 
Federal or State scholarship programs for students in related areas.
* * * * *
    (6) Summer institutes in area studies, foreign Language, and other 
international fields designed to carry out the activities in paragraphs 
(b)(1) through (b)(5) of this section.

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9. Section 656.21 is amended by:
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A. Removing the word ``and'' at the end of paragraph (c)(1).
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B. Removing the punctuation ``.'' at the end of paragraph (c)(2) and 
adding, in its place, the punctuation ``;''.
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C. Adding new paragraphs (c)(3) and (c)(4).
    The additions read as follows:


Sec.  656.21   What selection criteria does the Secretary use to 
evaluate an application for a comprehensive Center?

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (3) The degree to which activities of the Center address national 
needs, and generate information for and disseminate information to the 
public; and
    (4) The applicant's record of placing students into post-graduate 
employment, education, or training in areas of national need and the 
applicant's stated efforts to increase the number of such students that 
go into such placements.
* * * * *

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10. Section 656.22 is amended by:
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A. Removing the word ``and'' at the end of paragraph (c)(1).
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B. Removing the punctuation ``.'' at the end of paragraph (c)(2), and 
adding, in its place, the punctuation ``;''.
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C. Adding new paragraphs (c)(3) and (c)(4).
    The additions read as follows:


Sec.  656.22   What selection criteria does the Secretary use to 
evaluate an application for an undergraduate Center?

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (3) The degree to which activities of the Center address national 
needs, and generate information for and disseminate information to the 
public; and
    (4) The applicant's record of placing students into post-graduate 
employment, education, or training in areas of national need and the 
applicant's stated efforts to increase the number of such students that 
go into such placements.
* * * * *

PART 657--FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND AREA STUDIES FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM

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11. The authority citation for part 657 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1122, unless otherwise noted.


Sec.  657.1   [Amended]

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12. Section 657.1 is amended by adding the words ``undergraduate or'' 
before the word ``graduate'' in paragraph (a).


Sec.  657.2   [Amended]

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13. Section 657.2 is amended by removing the word ``combination'' in 
paragraph (a) introductory text and adding, in its place, the word 
``consortium''.

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14. Section 657.3 is amended by:
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A. Removing the word ``and'' at the end of paragraph (c).
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B. Removing the punctuation ``.'' at the end of paragraph (d) and 
adding, in its place, the punctuation ``;''.
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C. Adding new paragraphs (e) and (f).
    The additions read as follows:


Sec.  657.3   Who is eligible to receive a fellowship?

* * * * *
    (e) In the case of an undergraduate student, is in the intermediate 
or advanced study of a less commonly taught language; or
    (f) In the case of a graduate student, is engaged in--
    (1) Predissertation level study;
    (2) Preparation for dissertation research;
    (3) Dissertation research abroad; or
    (4) Dissertation writing.
* * * * *

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15. Section 657.21 is amended by:
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A. Adding the words ``undergraduate and'' before the word ``graduate'' 
in paragraph (c)(1).
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B. Removing the word ``and'' at the end of paragraph (c)(1).
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C. Removing the punctuation ``.'' at the end of paragraph (c)(2), and 
adding, in its place, the punctuation ``;''.
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D. Adding new paragraphs (c)(3) and (c)(4).
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E. Removing the word ``graduate'' from paragraphs (d)(2), (e)(1), 
(f)(4) and (h)(1).
    The additions read as follows:


Sec.  657.21  What criteria does the Secretary use in selecting 
institutions for an allocation of fellowships?

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (3) The degree to which fellowships awarded by the applicant 
address national needs; and
    (4) The applicant's record of placing students into post-graduate 
employment, education, or training in areas of national need and the 
applicant's stated efforts to increase the number of such students that 
go into such placements.
* * * * *

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16. Section 657.31 is amended by:
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A. Revising paragraph (a)(4).
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B. Adding a new paragraph (a)(5).
    The revisions and addition read as follows:


Sec.  657.31  What is the amount of a fellowship?

    (a) * * *
    (4) If permitted by the Secretary, a stipend awarded to a graduate 
level recipient may include allowances for dependents and travel for 
research and study in the United States and abroad.
    (5) A stipend awarded to an undergraduate level recipient may 
include an allowance for educational programs in the United States or 
educational programs abroad that--
    (i) Are closely linked to the overall goals of the recipient's 
course of study; and
    (ii) Have the purpose of promoting foreign language fluency and 
knowledge of foreign cultures.
* * * * *

PART 658--UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE 
PROGRAM

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17. The authority citation for part 658 continues to read as follows:

     Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1124, unless otherwise noted.


Sec.  658.1  [Amended]

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18. Section 658.1 is amended by removing the word ``combinations'' each 
time it appears and adding, in its place, the word ``consortia''.


Sec.  658.2  [Amended]

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19. Section 658.2(b) is amended by removing the word ``combinations'' 
and adding, in its place, the word ``consortia''.

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Sec.  658.10  [Amended]

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20. Section 658.10(a) is amended by:
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A. Removing the word ``combination'' and adding, in its place, the word 
``consortium''.
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B. Removing the word ``combinations'' and adding, in its place, the 
word ``consortia''.

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21. Section 658.11 is amended by:
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A. Revising paragraph (b)(5).
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B. Redesignating paragraphs (j), (k), (l), and (m) as paragraphs (k), 
(l), (m), and (n), respectively.
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C. Adding a new paragraph (j).
    The additions and revisions read as follows:


Sec.  658.11  What projects and activities may a grantee conduct under 
this program?

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (5) Conducting pre-service teacher training and in-service teacher 
professional development;
* * * * *
    (j) Providing grants for educational programs abroad that--
    (1) Are closely linked to the program's overall goals; and
    (2) Have the purpose of promoting foreign language fluency and 
knowledge of world regions;
* * * * *


Sec.  658.30  [Amended]

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22. Section 658.30(a) is amended by removing the word ``combination'' 
and adding, in its place, the word ``consortium''.


Sec.  658.32  [Amended]

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23. Section 658.32, introductory text, is amended by removing the word 
``combination'' and adding, in its place, the word ``consortium''.


Sec.  658.35  [Amended]

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24. Section 658.35(a) is amended by removing the word ``combinations'' 
and adding, in its place, the word ``consortia''.

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25. Section 658.40 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  658.40  What are the limitations on allowable costs?

    (a) Equipment costs may not exceed five percent of the grant 
amount; and
    (b) No more than ten percent of the total amount of grant funds 
awarded to a grantee under this part may be used for the activity 
described in Sec.  658.11(j).

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1124)


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26. Section 658.41(d)(2) is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  658.41  What are the cost-sharing requirements?

* * * * *
    (d) * * *
    (2) Have submitted a grant application under this part that 
demonstrates a need for a waiver or reduction.
* * * * *

PART 660--THE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND STUDIES PROGRAM

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27. The authority citation for part 660 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1125, unless otherwise noted.

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28. Section 660.1 is amended by:
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A. Removing the word ``and'' at the end of paragraph (h).
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B. Removing the punctuation``.'' at the end of paragraph (i) and 
adding, in its place, the punctuation ``;''.
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C. Adding new paragraphs (j), (k), and (l).
    The additions read as follows:


Sec.  660.1  What is the International Research and Studies Program?

* * * * *
    (j) Evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under 
title VI of the HEA reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of 
views and generate debate on world regions and international affairs, 
as described in the grantee's application;
    (k) Systematic collection, analysis, and dissemination of data that 
contribute to achieving the purposes of title VI, part A of the HEA; 
and
    (l) Support for programs or activities to make data collected, 
analyzed, or disseminated under this part publicly available and easy 
to understand.
* * * * *

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29. Section 660.10 is amended by adding new paragraphs (k), (l) and (m) 
to read as follows:


Sec.  660.10  What activities does the Secretary assist?

* * * * *
    (k) Evaluations of the extent to which programs assisted under 
title VI of the HEA reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of 
views and generate debate on world regions and international affairs, 
as described in the grantee's application.
    (l) Systematic collection, analysis, and dissemination of data that 
contribute to achieving the purposes of title VI, part A of the HEA.
    (m) Support for programs or activities to make data collected, 
analyzed, or disseminated under this part publicly available and easy 
to understand.
* * * * *

PART 661--BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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30. The authority citation for part 661 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1130a, unless otherwise noted.

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31. Section 661.20 is amended by adding a new paragraph (c).
    The addition reads as follows:


Sec.  661.20  What must an application include?

* * * * *
    (c) An assurance that, where applicable, the activities funded by 
the grant will reflect diverse perspectives and a wide range of views 
on world regions and international affairs.
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[FR Doc. E9-16953 Filed 7-16-09; 8:45 am]

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