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Biennial Evaluation Report - FY 93-94

Chapter 518

Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Programs (MSIP)

(CFDA No. 84.120)

I. Program Profile

Legislation: Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, Title X, Part B, Sections 1021-1047, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1135b-1135d-6) (expires September 30, 1997).

Purpose: To improve science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and to increase the participation of underrepresented ethnic minorities in scientific and technological careers.

Funding History

Fiscal Year Appropriation Fiscal Year Appropriation
1972 $5,000,000 1987 $5,000,000
1975 5,000,000 1988 5,266,000
1980 5,000,000 1989 5,307,000
1981 5,000,000 1990 5,416,000
1982 4,800,000 1991 5,855,000
1983 4,800,000 1992 6,000,000
1984 4,800,000 1993 5,892,000
1985 5,000,000 1994 5,892,000
1986 4,785,000

II. Program Information and Analysis

Population Targeting

Private and public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education are eligible for Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Programs (MSIP) grants if their enrollments are predominantly (50 percent or more) American Indian, Alaskan native, black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or any combination of these or other ethnic minorities who are underrepresented in science and engineering. Nonprofit, science-oriented organizations and professional scientific societies are also eligible if they provide a needed service to a group of institutions eligible for MSIP, including in-service training for project directors, scientists, or engineers.

As shown in Table 1, 32 to 48 of the eligible minority institutions received funding in a given year. Over the four years from 1990 through 1993, 39 percent of the 268 eligible institutions received funding. Over this period, 54 percent of the Historically Black institutions, 46 percent of the American Indian institutions, and 51 percent of combination institutions received funding. By contrast, only 7 percent of the predominantly black institutions received funding.

Table 1

Distribution of Funds by Racial or Ethnic Group for FYs 1990-1993

Racial or Ethnic Group1 Number of Eligible Institutions FY 1990 FY 1991 FY 1992 FY 1993 Total
Amount Schools2 Amount Schools2 Amount Schools2 Amount Schools2 Amount Schools2
Alaskan Native 4 $19,850 1 $0 0 $0 0 $0 0 $19,850 1
American Indian 28 821,085 5 621,966 5 1,154,362 5 440,637 3 3,038,050 13
Historically Black 100 2,213,217 16 3,311,146 20 3,160,957 17 2,982,770 26 11,668,090 54
Predominantly Black 27 262,484 1 264,437 1 0 0 164,572 1 691,493 2
Hispanic (Mexican) 27 282,611 2 0 0 49,998 1 164,677 1 497,286 3
Puerto Rico 43 765,496 3 538,212 4 581,896 3 1,161,360 7 3,046,964 12
Pacific Islander/Asian 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 108,700 1 108,700 1
Combination 35 841,490 5 906,918 6 849,141 4 733,299 7 3,330,848 18
Non Minority - 92,993 2 212,200 3 187,635 2 24,983 2 617,811 8
Total 268 $5,399,226 35 $5,854,879 39 $5,983,989 32 $5,780,998 48 $23,019,092 112
  1. Predominant racial or ethnic group is defined as 50 percent or more students enrolled from that group.

  2. Some schools receive more than one award under this program so number of schools on Table 1 is a smaller number than number of awards on Table 2.

Source: III.1.

Services

As presented in Table 2, four categories of grants are supported with MSIP funds:

Table 2

Distribution of Funds Under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Programs, Fiscal Years 1990 Through 1993

Maximum
1990 1991 1992 1993 Total
Type of Award Size and Duration Amount Awards Amount Awards Amount Awards Amount Awards Amount Awards
Institutional Projects $300,000
3 years
$3,361,948 14 $3,944,916 16 $4,327,227 17 $4,649,581 31 $16,283,672 78
Cooperative Projects $500,000
3 years
898,901 2 473,429 1 896,799 2 653,722 3 2,922,851 8
Design Projects $20,000
1 year
35,548 2 36,610 2 19,500 1 0 0 91,658 5
Special Projects $150,000
2 years
1,102,829 20 1,399,924 26 740,463 14 477,695 16 3,720,911 76
Total $5,399,226 38 $5,854,879 45 $5,983,989 34 $5,780,998 50 $23,019,092 167
Source: III.1.

Over $23 million has been appropriated for MSIP from FY 1990 through FY 1993. Most of that appropriation has funded institutional project grants, which represented approximately 62 percent of the appropriation in FY 1990 and has grown to 80 percent in FY 1993. The average size of the institutional grants grew slightly from $240,000 in FY 1990 to $255,000 in FY 1992, but dropped to $150,000 in FY 1993. The drop in FY 1993 was caused by a level of funding similar to FY 1992 being distributed to an increased number of grantees.

III. Sources of Information

  1. Program files.

IV. Planned Studies

None.

V. Contacts for Further Information

Program Operations:
Argelia Velez-Rodriguez, (202) 260-3258
Program Studies:
Jim Maxwell, (202) 401-0182

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