ERIC Number: ED262125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep-5
Reference Count: N/A
Testimony Presented to the House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee on the Reauthorization of Title I of the Higher Education Act.
Orum, Lori S.
The National Council of La Raza's position on the reauthorization of Title I of the Higher Education Act is detailed in this paper, which was presented as testimony to the House Postsecondary Education Subcommittee. The paper begins by concurring with the assessment that, as long as Title I remains a largely untargeted program which serves students who probably do not need Federal assistance to upgrade their education and employment skills, Congress should not divert scarce funds to make monies available. An argument is presented next that certain disadvantaged groups (particularly Hispanics) do, however, have a significant need for continuing education programs at the postsecondary level. To support this assertion, data on the under-education of Hispanic Americans is outlined. In general, it is said, a large portion of Hispanic adults are not adequately served by the postsecondary education system because of poor academic preparation, marginal levels of literacy, and lack of financial resources for full-time attendance at four-year colleges and universities. Following this discussion, six changes in Title I legislation are recommended. These emphasize the importance of targeting traditionally underrepresented groups; evaluating the ways in which postsecondary education is limited by race, language, sex, and age; encouraging the participation of community-based organizations in funded programs; and the provision of preservice training for child care workers and volunteer training for literacy projects. The paper's conclusion re-asserts the great need for continuing education programs aimed at Hispanic adults. (KH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.