ERIC Number: ED366829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Peace Corps. Status of the Educational Assistance Grants Demonstration Program. Report to Congressional Committees.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.
The National and Community Service Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-610), enacted in November 1990, authorized the establishment of a program for minority students to receive financial assistance grants in preparation and exchange for Peace Corps service. Although more than 3 years have passed since the enactment of the authorizing legislation, the demonstration program has not yet been fully implemented. As of January 1994, nine college and universities have agreed to participate in the program; however, no students have been awarded grants. According to officials of the Commission on National and Community Service the Peace Corps' program was given relatively lower priority because it was smaller than many other programs authorized by the legislation. Peace Corps officials said the demonstration program could not be considered one of its high-priority programs given the funding level for the program. University officials raised some concerns. Officials at several schools targeted to participate in the program reported that in their opinion, the $5,000 institutional grants and the $1,000 per year student grants were too small, and that the Peace Corps needed to increase its visibility and presence on their campuses to help promote the program. (The following items are appended: a list of the colleges and universities targeted for the Peace Corps Preparatory Grant Program; comments from the Corporation for National and Community Service; and comments from the Peace Corps.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Colleges, Demonstration Programs, Educational Finance, Eligibility, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Grants, Higher Education, Human Services, Minority Groups, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Success
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. National Security and International Affairs Div.