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House bill would fund innovation at HBCUs

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On March 31, 2016

Washington, DC – A recent bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Alma S. Adams, will provide federal investments to Historically Black Colleges and Universities for academic innovation.

H.R. 4857, the HBCU Innovation Fund Act, will provide a competitive grants fund available to improve student achivement, recruitment and graduation rates.

The bill would affect HBCUs across the country. “HBCUs provide opportunities for many low-income, first generation and often minority students to get a quality education,” Adams said.

“HBCUs give students the chance they deserve to succeed; however, they have been historically underfunded and lack many of the resources needed to address some of their most extreme challenges,”she said.

“The HBCU Innovation Fund Act is one way to help close some of the gaps that persist on HBCU campuses and within HBCU administrations.” The HBCU Innocation Fund Act would go to programs to increase enrollment and completion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees.

The legislation will also pay for course redesigns, enhancement of teacher preparation programs; and strengthen postgraduate employment outcomes. The bill is cosponsored by 15 other representatives. 

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