Authorizing Legislation from the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965
SEC. 410A. LEARNING ANYTIME ANYWHERE PARTNERSHIPS.
Subpart 8 of part A of title IV (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.) is amended to read as follows:
Subpart 8--Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships
SEC. 420D. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings:
(1) The nature of postsecondary education delivery is changing, and new technology and other related innovations can provide promising education opportunities for individuals who are currently not being served, particularly for individuals without easy access to traditional campus-based postsecondary education or for whom traditional courses are a poor match with education or training needs.
(2) Individuals, including individuals seeking basic or technical skills or their first postsecondary experience, individuals with disabilities, dislocated workers, individuals making the transition from welfare-to-work, and individuals who are limited by time and place constraints can benefit from nontraditional, noncampus-based postsecondary education opportunities and appropriate support services.
(3) The need for high-quality, nontraditional, technology-based education opportunities is great, as is the need for skill competency credentials and other measures of educational progress and attainment that are valid and widely accepted, but neither need is likely to be adequately addressed by the uncoordinated efforts of agencies and institutions acting independently and without assistance.
(4) Partnerships, consisting of institutions of higher education, community organizations, or other public or private agencies or organizations, can coordinate and combine institutional resources--
(A) to provide the needed variety of education options to students; and
(B) to develop new means of ensuring accountability and quality for innovative education methods.
SEC. 420E. PURPOSE; PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.
(a) PURPOSE- It is the purpose of this subpart to enhance the delivery, quality, and accountability of postsecondary education and career-oriented lifelong learning through technology and related innovations.
(b) PROGRAM AUTHORIZED-
(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may, from funds appropriated under section 420J make grants to, or enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with, eligible partnerships to carry out the authorized activities described in section 420G.
(B) DURATION- Grants under this subpart shall be awarded for periods that do not exceed 5 years.
(2) DEFINITION OF ELIGIBLE PARTNERSHIP- For purposes of this subpart, the term `eligible partnership' means a partnership consisting of 2 or more independent agencies, organizations, or institutions. The agencies, organizations, or institutions may include institutions of higher education, community organizations, and other public and private institutions, agencies, and organizations.
SEC. 420F. APPLICATION.
(a) REQUIREMENT- An eligible partnership desiring to receive a grant under this subpart shall submit an application to the Secretary, in such form and containing such information, as the Secretary may require.
(b) CONTENTS- Each application shall include--
(1) the name of each partner and a description of the responsibilities of the partner, including the designation of a nonprofit organization as the fiscal agent for the partnership;
(2) a description of the need for the project, including a description of how the project will build on any existing services and activities;
(3) a listing of human, financial (other than funds provided under this subpart), and other resources that each member of the partnership will contribute to the partnership, and a description of the efforts each member of the partnership will make in seeking additional resources; and
(4) a description of how the project will operate, including how funds awarded under this subpart will be used to meet the purpose of this subpart.
SEC. 420G. AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES.
Funds awarded to an eligible partnership under this subpart shall be used to--
(1) develop and assess model distance learning programs or innovative educational software;
(2) develop methodologies for the identification and measurement of skill competencies;
(3) develop and assess innovative student support services; or
(4) support other activities that are consistent with the purpose of this subpart.
SEC. 420H. MATCHING REQUIREMENT.
Federal funds shall provide not more than 50 percent of the cost of a project under this subpart. The non-Federal share of project costs may be in cash or in kind, fairly evaluated, including services, supplies, or equipment.
SEC. 420I. PEER REVIEW.
The Secretary shall use a peer review process to review applications under this subpart and to make recommendations for funding under this subpart to the Secretary.
SEC. 420J. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subpart $10,000,000 for fiscal year 1999 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years.