There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this part $30,000,000 for fiscal year 1999 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years.


SEC. 751. (20 U.S.C. 1139) FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that-

(1) the Nation's urban centers are facing increasingly pressing problems and needs in the areas of economic development, community infrastructure and service, social policy, public health, housing, crime, education, environmental concerns, planning and work force preparation;

(2) there are, in the Nation's urban institutions, people with underutilized skills, knowledge, and experience who are capable of providing a vast range of services toward the amelioration of the problems described in paragraph (1);

(3) the skills, knowledge and experience in these urban institutions, if applied in a systematic and sustained manner, can make a significant contribution to the solution of such problems; and

(4) the application of such skills, knowledge and experience is hindered by the limited funds available to redirect attention

to solutions to such urban problems. SEC. 752. (20 U.S.C. 1139a) PURPOSE; PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.

(a) PURPOSE.—It is the purpose of this part to provide incentives to urban academic institutions to enable such institutions to work with private and civic organizations to devise and implement solutions to pressing and severe problems in their communities.

(b) PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.-The Secretary is authorized to carry out a program of providing assistance to eligible institutions to enable such institutions to carry out the activities described in section 754 in accordance with the provisions of this part. SEC. 753. (20 U.S.C. 1139b) APPLICATION FOR URBAN COMMUNITY


(1) IN GENERAL.-An eligible institution seeking assistance under this part shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such form, and containing or accompanied by such information and assurances as the Secretary may require by regulation.

(2) CONTENTS.-Each application submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall

(A) describe the activities and services for which assistance is sought; and

(B) include a plan that is agreed to by the members of a consortium that includes, in addition to the eligible institution, one or more of the following entities:

(i) A community college.
(ii) An urban school system.
(iii) A local government.
(iv) A business or other employer.

(v) A nonprofit institution. (3) WAIVER.

The Secretary may waive the consortium requirements described in paragraph (2) for any applicant who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the applicant has devised an integrated and coordinated plan which meets the purpose of this part.

(b) PRIORITY IN SELECTION OF APPLICATIONS.—The Secretary shall give priority to applications that propose to conduct joint projects supported by other local, State, and Federal programs. In addition, the Secretary shall give priority to eligible institutions submitting applications that demonstrate the eligible institution's commitment to urban community service.

(c) SELECTION PROCEDURES.-The Secretary shall, by regulation, develop a formal procedure for the submission of applications under this part and shall publish in the Federal Register an announcement of that procedure and the availability of funds under

this part.


Funds made available under this part shall be used to support planning, applied research, training, resource exchanges or technology transfers, the delivery of services, or other activities the purpose of which is to design and implement programs to assist urban communities to meet and address their pressing and severe problems, such as the following:

(1) Work force preparation.
(2) Urban poverty and the alleviation of such poverty.
(3) Health care, including delivery and access.
(4) Underperforming school systems and students.

(5) Problems faced by the elderly and individuals with disabilities in urban settings.

(6) Problems faced by families and children.

(7) Campus and community crime prevention, including enhanced security and safety awareness measures as well as coordinated programs addressing the root causes of crime.

(8) Urban housing.
(9) Urban infrastructure.
(10) Economic development.
(11) Urban environmental concerns.

(12) Other problem areas which participants in the consortium described in section 753(a)(2)(B) concur are of high priority in the urban area.

(13)(A) Problems faced by individuals with disabilities regarding accessibility to institutions of higher education and other public and private community facilities.

(B) Amelioration of existing attitudinal barriers that prevent full inclusion by individuals with disabilities in their community.

(14) Improving access to technology in local communities. SEC. 755. (20 U.S.C. 11390) PEER REVIEW.

The Secretary shall designate a peer review panel to review applications submitted under

this part and make recommendations for funding to the Secretary. In selecting the peer review panel, the Secretary may consult with other appropriate Cabinet-level officials and with non-Federal organizations, to ensure that the panel will be geographically balanced and be composed of representatives from public and private institutions of higher education, labor, business, and State and local government, who have expertise in urban community service or in education. SEC. 756. (20 U.S.C. 1139e) DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS.

(a) MULTIYEAR AVAILABILITY.Subject to the availability of appropriations, grants under this part may be made on a multiyear basis, except that no institution, individually or as a participant in a consortium of such institutions, may receive such a grant for more than 5 years.

(b) EQUITABLE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION.—The Secretary shall award grants under this part in a manner that achieves an equitable geographic distribution of such grants.

(c) MATCHING REQUIREMENT.-An applicant under this part and the local governments associated with the application shall contribute to the conduct of the program supported by the grant an amount from non-Federal funds equal to at least one-fourth of the amount of the grant, which contribution may be in cash or in kind. SEC. 757. [20 U.S.C. 11391] DESIGNATION OF URBAN GRANT INSTITU

TIONS. The Secretary shall publish a list of eligible institutions under this part and shall designate these institutions of higher education as "Urban Grant Institutions". The Secretary shall establish a national network of Urban Grant Institutions so that the results of individual projects achieved in one metropolitan area can then be generalized, disseminated, replicated, and applied throughout the Nation. The information developed as a result of this section shall be made available to Urban Grant Institutions and to any other interested institution of higher education by any appropriate means. SEC. 758. [20 U.S.C. 1139g) DEFINITIONS. As used in this part:

(1) URBAN AREA.—The term “urban area" means a metropolitan statistical area having a population of not less than 350,000, or two contiguous metropolitan statistical areas having a population of not less than 350,000, or, in any State which does not have a metropolitan statistical area which has such a population, the eligible entity in the State submitting an application under section 753, or, if no such entity submits an application, the Secretary, shall designate one urban area for the purposes of this part.

(2) ELIGIBLE INSTITUTION.—The term "eligible institution” means

(A) a nonprofit municipal university, established by the governing body of the city in which it is located, and operating as of the date of enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 under that authority; or

(B) an institution of higher education, or a consortium of such institutions any one of which meets all of the requirements of this paragraph, which

(i) is located in an urban area;

(ii) draws a substantial portion of its undergraduate students from the urban area in which such institution is located, or from contiguous areas;

(iii) carries out programs to make postsecondary educational opportunities more accessible to residents of such urban area, or contiguous areas;

(iv) has the present capacity to provide resources responsive to the needs and priorities of such urban area and contiguous areas;

(v) offers a range of professional, technical, or graduate programs sufficient to sustain the capacity of such institution to provide such resources, and

(vi) has demonstrated and sustained a sense of responsibility to such urban area and contiguous areas

and the people of such areas. SEC. 759. (20 U.S.C. 1139h) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

There are authorized to be appropriated $20,000,000 for fiscal year 1999 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years to carry out this part.



SEC. 761. [20 U.S.C. 1140) PURPOSES.

It is the purpose of this part to support model demonstration projects to provide technical assistance or professional development for faculty and administrators in institutions of higher education in order to provide students with disabilities a quality postsecondary education. SEC. 762. [20 U.S.C. 1140a] GRANTS AUTHORIZED.

(a) COMPETITIVE GRANTS AUTHORIZED.—The Secretary may award grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements, on a competitive basis, to institutions of higher education, of which at least two such grants shall be awarded to institutions that provide professional development and technical assistance in order for students with learning disabilities to receive a quality postsecondary education. (b) DURATION; ACTIVITIES.

(1) DURATION.-Grants under this part shall be awarded for a period of 3 years.

(2) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES.-Grants under this part shall be used to carry out one or more of the following activities:

(A) TEACHING METHODS AND STRATEGIES.—The development of innovative, effective, and efficient teaching methods and strategies to provide faculty and administrators with the skills and supports necessary to teach students with disabilities. Such methods and strategies may include inservice training, professional development, customized and general technical assistance, workshops, summer institutes, distance learning, and training in the use of assistive and educational technology.

(B) SYNTHESIZING RESEARCH AND INFORMATION. Synthesizing research and other information related to the provision of postsecondary educational services to students with disabilities.

(C) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING SESSIONS. Conducting professional development and training sessions for faculty and administrators from other institutions of higher education to enable the faculty and administrators to meet the postsecondary educational needs of students with disabilities.

(3) MANDATORY EVALUATION AND DISSEMINATION.—Grants under this part shall be used for evaluation, and dissemination to other institutions of higher education, of the information obtained through the activities described in subparagraphs (A) through (C).

(c) CONSIDERATIONS IN MAKING AWARDS.-In awarding grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements under this section, the Secretary shall consider the following:

(1) GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION.-Providing an equitable geographic distribution of such grants.

(2) RURAL AND URBAN AREAS.—Distributing such grants to urban and rural areas.

(3) RANGE AND TYPE OF INSTITUTION.—Ensuring that the activities to be assisted are developed for a range of types and sizes of institutions of higher education.

(4) PRIOR EXPERIENCE OR EXCEPTIONAL PROGRAMS.—Institutions of higher education with demonstrated prior experience in, or exceptional programs for, meeting the postsecondary edu

cational needs of students with disabilities. SEC. 763. (20 U.S.C. 1140b) APPLICATIONS.

Each institution of higher education desiring to receive a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement under this part shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Secretary may require. Each application shall include

(1) a description of how such institution plans to address each of the activities required under this part;

(2) a description of how the institution consulted with a broad range of people within the institution to develop activities for which assistance is sought; and

(3) a description of how the institution will coordinate and collaborate with the office that provides services to students

with disabilities within the institution. SEC. 764. (20 U.S.C. 1140c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

Nothing in this part shall be construed to impose any additional duty, obligation, or responsibility on an institution of higher education or on the institution's faculty, administrators, or staff than are required by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. SEC. 765. (20 U.S.C. 11400) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

There are authorized to be appropriated for this part $10,000,000 for fiscal year 1999 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years.

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