Proposed Technology Talent Act of 2002

On July 11th, H.R. 3130, the Technology Talent Act of 2002, was referred tothe Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) After passage by the House. The HELP Committee has not scheduled anyaction on the bill at this time.

This legislation, designed to enhance the numbers of technically trained workers, would require the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award competitive, merit-based grants to increase the number of students studying and receiving associate's or bachelor's degrees in established or emerging fields within science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

This legislation would also:

* Designate an institution receiving a grant under this program as a

"National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Talent Expansion Center".

* Establish separate grant programs for professional development of undergraduate faculty in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education; support acquisition of research-grade instrumentation and training related to its use; and establish sites that provide research experiences for undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, or technology students

* Require the NSF Director to evaluate the effectiveness of all

NSF-supported undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, or technology education activities designed to increase the number and quality of students, including those from groups underrepresented in such fields in order to establish a common set of assessment benchmarks and tools for every NSF-sponsored project to use.

* Establish a program of grants to Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, and tribally controlled colleges and universities to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, mathematics, and engineering education at such institutions, and increase the retention and graduation rates of students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in such fields

Susan Kelley


Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Valencia Community College

P. O. Box 3028, Orlando, FL 32802

(407) 582-3417 - direct phone to office of Institutional Advancement

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