Establishment of the Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities
Section 7101 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (P.L. 110-246) amended section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to add a definition for a new group of cooperating educational institutions known as Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities (HSACUs). Section 1404 defines HSACUs as:
(A) In General.- The term “Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities” means colleges or universities that -
(i) qualify as Hispanic-serving institutions; and
(ii) offer associate, bachelors, or other accredited degree programs in agriculture-related fields.
(B) Exception.- The term “Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities” does not include 1862 institutions (as defined in section 2 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7601)).
Section 7129 of the FCEA authorizes the following five new programs for HSACUs:
- HSACU Endowment Fund (formula-based);
- HSACU Equity Grants Program (formula-based);
- HSACU Institutional Capacity-Building Grants Program (competitive);
- HSACU Extension Grants Program (competitive); and
- HSACU Fundamental and Applied Research Grants Program (competitive).
In addition, the FCEA amends section 406(b) of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 expanding the eligibility for NIFA Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Programs to include HSACUs.
NIFA held a related stakeholder input public meeting on Sunday, October 12, 2008 and collected comments until Monday, October 27, 2008 concerning the definition of "Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs)."
For this program, NIFA solicited input on how to identify and certify these institutions since they will be eligible for existing programs as well as the newly authorized programs. In addition, this input will be used to develop implementing regulations. Please note that funding for these programs is subject to the availability of appropriations.
Stakeholder Input Received Concerning the definition of "Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs)"
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