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V. Primary Delegations of Authority

The Secretary has delegated the following authorities to the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, subject to certain reservations:

  • Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), Title II, Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants
  • HEA, Title III, Institutional Aid
    • Part A, Strengthening Institutions
    • Part B, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    • Part C, Endowment Challenge Grants
    • Part D, Historically Black College and University Capital Financing
    • Part E, Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program
  • HEA, Title IV, Student Assistance
    • Part A, Grants to Students in Attendance at Institutions of Higher Education
      • Subpart 2, Federal Early Outreach and Student Services Programs
        • Chapter 1, Federal Trio Programs
        • Chapter 2, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
        • Chapter 3, Academic Achievement Incentive Scholarships
      • Subpart 6, Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
      • Subpart 7, Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools
      • Subpart 8, Learning Anywhere Anytime Partnerships
    • Part H, Program Integrity
    • Subpart 2, Section 496, 20 USC 1099b, relating to recognition of accrediting agencies.
  • HEA, Title V, Developing Institutions
    • Part A, Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • HEA, Title VI, International Education Programs
    • Part A, International and Foreign Language Studies
    • Part B, Business and International Education Programs
    • Part C, Institute for International Public Policy
  • HEA, Title VII, Graduate and Postsecondary Improvement Programs
    • Part A, Graduate Education Programs
      • Subpart 1, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Programs
      • Subpart 2, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need
      • Subpart 3, Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program
    • Part B, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
    • Part C, Urban Community Service
    • Part D, Demonstration Projects to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive a Quality Higher Education
  • HEA, Title VIII, Studies, Report and Related Programs
    • Part C, Community Scholarship Mobilization
    • Part G, Olympic Scholarships
  • Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (MECEA), Section 102 (b), 22 U.S.C. 2452 (b) (6)
  • P.L. 103-382, Sec. 9206, Native Hawaiian Higher Education Program
  • First Morrill Act, 7 U.S.C. Sec. 301
  • Second Morrill Act, 7 U.S.C. Sec. 321
  • Bankhead Jones Act, 7 U.S.C. Sec. 329
  • Act of March 2, 1867, An Act to Incorporate the Howard University in the District of Columbia, as amended
  • Howard University Endowment Act, 20 U.S.C. 130aa et. Seq.
  • Executive Order 12320 of September 15, 1981, Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Title III of P.L. 98-480, 98 Stat. 2247 et. Seq.
  • Authority to approve State applications, consolidated State applications, State plans, and consolidated State plans
  • Authority to perform functions related to the award and management of discretionary grants and cooperative agreements
  • Authority to sign certain Federal Register documents other than policy statements and interpretations, including notices of meetings or workshops, and notices that, pursuant to applicable regulations, establishes deadlines to match Federal funds under the Endowment Grant Program of the Higher Education Act .

The Secretary has also delegated to all Principal Officers certain administrative authorities subject to certain reservations.


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