Laws & Guidance HIGHER EDUCATION
1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965
P.L. 105-244

TITLE III--INSTITUTIONAL AID
SEC. 307. MINORITY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

(a) MINORITY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FINDINGS- Subpart 1 of part E of title III (as redesignated by paragraphs (6) and (7) of section 301) (20 U.S.C. 1135b et seq.) is amended by inserting after the subpart heading the following:

`SEC. 350. FINDINGS.

`Congress makes the following findings:

`(1) It is incumbent on the Federal Government to support the technological and economic competitiveness of the United States by improving and expanding the scientific and technological capacity of the United States. More and better prepared scientists, engineers, and technical experts are needed to improve and expand such capacity.

`(2) As the Nation's population becomes more diverse, it is important that the educational and training needs of all Americans are met. Underrepresentation of minorities in science and technological fields diminishes our Nation's competitiveness by impairing the quantity of well prepared scientists, engineers, and technical experts in these fields.

`(3) Despite significant limitations in resources, minority institutions provide an important educational opportunity for minority students, particularly in science and engineering fields. Aid to minority institutions is a good way to address the underrepresentation of minorities in science and technological fields.

`(4) There is a strong Federal interest in improving science and engineering programs at minority institutions as such programs lag behind in program offerings and in student enrollment compared to such programs at other institutions of higher education.'.

(b) ELIGIBILITY FOR GRANTS- Section 361 (as redesignated by section 301(a)(7)) (20 U.S.C. 1135d) is amended to read as follows:

`SEC. 361. ELIGIBILITY FOR GRANTS.

`Eligibility to receive grants under this part is limited to--

`(1) public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education that--

`(A) award baccalaureate degrees; and

`(B) are minority institutions;

`(2) public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education that--

`(A) award associate degrees; and

`(B) are minority institutions that--

`(i) have a curriculum that includes science or engineering subjects; and

`(ii) enter into a partnership with public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees in science and engineering;

`(3) nonprofit science-oriented organizations, professional scientific societies, and institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees, that--

`(A) provide a needed service to a group of minority institutions; or

`(B) provide in-service training for project directors, scientists, and engineers from minority institutions; or

`(4) consortia of organizations, that provide needed services to one or more minority institutions, the membership of which may include--

`(A) institutions of higher education which have a curriculum in science or engineering;

`(B) institutions of higher education that have a graduate or professional program in science or engineering;

`(C) research laboratories of, or under contract with, the Department of Energy;

`(D) private organizations that have science or engineering facilities; or

`(E) quasi-governmental entities that have a significant scientific or engineering mission.'.

(c) DEFINITIONS- Section 365(4) (as redesignated by section 301(a)(7)) (20 U.S.C. 1135d-5(4)) is amended by inserting `behavioral,' after `physical,'.

(d) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- The heading for subpart 1 of part E of title III (as redesignated by paragraphs (6) and (7) of section 301(a)) is amended by inserting `and Engineering' before `Improvement Program'.

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