HIGHER EDUCATION
Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965
Mr. Richard Trevino, University of Texas - Pan American, President National HEP-CAMP Association Supporting Document
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National HEP-CAMP Association Reauthorization Recommendations

 
Statutory Authority
Suggested Amendment
Rationale
Proposed Statutory Language
1 Sec. 418A Add new (b) for technical assistance to potential grantees These provisions are similar to those in the TRIO legislation. Many potential applicants are unaware of the opportunities for funding projects through HEP and CAMP. Additionally, many areas are seeing new influxes of migrant and seasonal farmworkers, but have little experience in working with this population new (b)
Outreach (1) In general
The Secretary shall conduct outreach activities to ensure that entities eligible for assistance under this section may receive training on applying for and administering grants under this section.
(2) Notice
In carrying out the provisions of paragraph (1), the Secretary shall notify the entities described in paragraph (a) of this section of the availability of assistance under this subpart not less than 120 days prior to the deadline for submission of applications under this section and shall consult national, State, and regional organizations about candidates for notification.
(3) Technical assistance
The Secretary shall provide technical training to applicants for projects and programs authorized under this section. Technical training activities shall include the provision of information on authorizing legislation, goals and objectives of the program, the unique educational, health, and social needs of migrant families, required activities, eligibility requirements, the application process and application deadlines, and assistance in the development of program proposals and the completion of program applications. Such training shall be furnished at conferences, seminars, and workshops to be conducted at not less than 5 sites throughout the United States to ensure that all areas of the United States with large concentrations of eligible participants are served.
4) Special rule
The Secretary may contract with For the purpose of improving the operation of the projects authorized by this section, the Secretary is authorized to make grants to institutions of higher education and other public and private nonprofit institutions and organizations to conduct the outreach activities described in this subsection.
Sec. 418A(h) is amended by adding at the end thereof a new paragraph (3) to read as follows -
"(3) There are authorized to be appropriated for outreach activities described in Sec. 418A(b) $500,000 for fiscal year 2005 and each of the succeeding fiscal years."
2 418A(b)(1)(B)(i) and 418(c)(1)(A) Make spouses of migrant farmworkers eligible for HEP Including spouses would make the HEP and CAMP eligibility requirements consistent with those for other programs benefiting the migrant community. Add "whose spouse," after "themselves,"
3 418A(b)(3)(B) Add preparation for college entrance exams as an allowable activity for HEP. Successful placement will depend on students' success in meeting college entrance requirements. Add after college program, "including preparation for college entrance exams,"
4 418A(b)(5) Allow programs flexibility in establishing a payment schedule for student stipends Programs have various payroll schedules and would like to have flexibility on the distribution of stipends. Delete "weekly" before "stipends"
5 418A(b)(8) Add childcare and transportation as examples of essential services. Some programs have reported difficulties in paying for these services. Affordable childcare is a barrier for many prospective students. Add "such as childcare and transportation," after supportive services.
6 418A(b) Add follow-up services to the list of authorized activities for HEP. The Department has identified placement or enrollment in postsecondary education as a key performance indicator for HEP. In order to report such information, grantees must be allowed to use program funds for follow-up activities. Add "(9) follow up services as allowable."
7 418A(c)(1)(A) Require CAMP students to complete the FAFSA CAMP students must meet the same basic student aid eligibility requirements as other students. Add after university, "and have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA)."
8 418A(c)(1)(F) Add internships as an allowable activity for CAMP Student internships are invaluable learning experiences for college students, connecting academics to the world of work. For migrant students, it is essential to make that connection early in their college careers. New (F) - "student internships and other educational opportunities, including summer internships and summer institutes upon successful completion of the first year of college studies."Redesignate (F) as (G).
9 418(c)(2) Strengthen follow up activities for CAMP Maintaining a connection to the CAMP office has been a successful strategy in improving retention and completion rates for CAMP participants. Additionally, CAMP completers often serve as mentors and role models for new CAMP students.
CAMP projects at community colleges that prepare students for transfer to 4-year colleges should offer follow-up services that facilitate transfer and should monitor the transfer of their participants to 4-year institutions.
Change to (B) to read "mentoring and guidance for such students, including coordination of services to on- or off-campus counseling services, academic assistance, employment assistance, or financial aid."
Add a new (C) -"for students attending 2-year institutions encouraging the transfer to 4-year institutions where appropriate and monitoring the rate of transfer of such students."
10 418A(f) Increase minimum grant allocations The minimum grant for the programs has not changed in over a decade. Feedback from current grantees has indicated that a low minimum grant deters some campuses from applying for a grant. Strike $150,000 and replace it with $225,000
11 418A(g) Require a report on access to higher education for migrant students Despite the required data collection, there has been no public reporting on the postsecondary educational attainment of migrant and season farmworker community. Amend (g) to read --
Data collection and reporting --The National Center for Education Statistics shall collect postsecondary education data on migrant students.The Secretary shall report to the Education and the Workforce Committee and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on a biannual basis on the state of access to higher education and the rate of success in higher education of the children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
12 418A(h) Increase authorization level for the programs With the current funding of $38 million, only a fraction of the eligible students are being served. Reforms in elementary and secondary education are likely to increase the number of students eligible for both programs. In (h)(1) -Strike $15,000,000 and replace it with $75,000,000.
In (h)(2) - Strike $5,000,000 and replace with $75,000,000
13 New New This professional development grant language is similar to grant in the TRIO programs. Well-trained staff are key to successful projects. Professional development is particularly critical to HEP and CAMP given the special needs of the migrant population and the limited experience of our educational institutions in meeting those needs. Add a new (g) --
Staff development activities
(A) Secretary's authority
For the purpose of improving the operation of the projects authorized by this section, the Secretary is authorized to make grants to institutions of higher education and other public and private nonprofit institutions and organizations to provide training for staff and leadership personnel employed in, participating in, or preparing for employment in, such projects.
(B) Contents of training programs Such training shall include conferences, internships, seminars, workshops, and the publication of manuals designed to improve the operation of such projects and shall be carried out in the various regions of the Nation in order to ensure that the training opportunities are appropriate to meet the needs in the local areas being served by such programs and projects. Such training shall be offered at least annually for new project staff funded under this division as well as annually on the following topics and other topics chosen by the Secretary:
(1) Legislative and regulatory requirements for the operation of projects funded under this section.
(2) Assisting students in receiving adequate financial aid from programs assisted under this title and other programs.
(3) The design and operation of model programs for projects funded under this section.
(4) The use of appropriate educational technology in the operation of projects assisted under this division.
(5) Other activities necessary to promote migrant student success in meeting the programs goals and objectives.
(C) Consultation
Grants for the purposes of this section shall be made only after consultation with professional associations of persons having special knowledge with respect to the needs and problems of such projects.
Sec. 418A(h) is amended by adding at the end thereof a new paragraph (4) to read as follows -"(4) There are authorized to be appropriated for the staff development activities described in Sec. 418A(g) $1,000,000 for fiscal year 2005 and each of the succeeding fiscal years."
14 New Establish pilot pre-HEP. Many potential HEP candidates are turned away because they do not meet the minimum education level required for HEP. The Association is proposing a Pre-HEP pilot project to build the skill levels of the potential HEP students so that they can qualify academically for the program and complete their GEDs Section 418A is amended by -- adding a new subsection (h) to read as follows --
"(h) PROGRAM AUTHORITY. -- The Secretary shall establish not fewer than 4 pilot pre-high school equivalency programs to provide services for migrant students who do not meet the minimum requirements for the high school equivalency program as defined by the grantee.
ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS. -- The Secretary shall award grants for the pre-high school equivalency programs to institutions or organizations participating in the high school equivalency program.
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY. -- To be eligible to participate in the program a person must-- meet the eligibility requirements in (b)(1); be unable to participate in the high school equivalency program because of low academic level; and perform at no less than the sixth grade level, as determined by a recognized assessment instrument chosen by the program.
PROGRAM ACTIVITIES. -- (A) Programs shall provide students with instruction in reading and language arts and mathematics and may provide additional instruction and activities, as determined by the program, which will lead to participants being eligible to enroll in the high school equivalency program or other programs leading to a general education diploma.
(B) Programs shall assess students, using a recognized assessment instrument, to determine their success in the program and their ability to enroll in the high school equivalency program.
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES. -- Programs shall provide students the same services as those listed in (b)(3).
PROGRAM EVALUATION. -- (A)Each program shall annually provide the Secretary reports that detail--
(i)the number of students participating in the program;
(ii)the number of students completing the program;
(iii)the length of time for students to complete the program; and(iv)the number of students completing the program who are subsequently enrolled in the high school equivalency program or other program leading to a general education diploma.
(B) The Secretary shall report to the Congress no later than June 30, 2008 on the success of the program in preparing students to enroll in the high school equivalency program or other programs leading to a general education diploma."; and
(2) redesignating subsequent subsections appropriately.
Section 418A(h) is amended by adding at the end thereof a new paragraph (5) to read as follows--
"(3) There are authorized to be appropriated for the pre-high school equivalency programs $1,000,000 for fiscal year 2005 and each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years."

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