Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27) released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives voting to pass the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act (FUTURE Act), a bill that would provide for a two year authorization of Higher Education Act Title III funding for Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribally Controlled Colleges or Universities, and other Minority-Serving Institutions.
“As an educator and former leader of colleges and universities, I cannot understate the importance of Minority Serving Institutions within American higher education,” said Rep. Shalala. “The institutions affected by this legislation not only serve as engines of upward economic mobility for minorities, they are also responsible for educating more than one quarter of all the United States’ undergraduate students.”
“Research has shown that despite many Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) operating under tight budgets, these schools are more successful at educating and graduating low-income and minority students than non-MSI schools. As the representative of a majority-minority district, I know this legislation will have a real impact on educating my community’s workforce of the future–I could not be prouder to have passed this bill.”
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