ERIC Number: ED455986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Options for a Federal Role in Infrastructure Development at Tribal Colleges & Universities.
Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Due to rapidly increasing enrollments and inadequate existing facilities, the federal government must play a stronger role in supporting infrastructure development at tribal colleges. The federal government's role stems from its trust relationship with American Indian tribes and from the fact that the tribal colleges missed the height of federal support for infrastructure development programs. This report details selected federal programs that might be used by tribal colleges to meet some of their facilities' needs. For each program, information is provided on type of assistance, legal authority, administering office, purpose, eligible beneficiaries, funding obligations, and average awards. In some cases, supplementary information from agency and department Web sites, the Federal Register, and relevant legislation is provided. Federal programs are divided into three categories: programs available to tribal colleges, general community development programs, and innovative approaches. In addition, the potential of state and private resources to supplement federal programs is assessed. It is concluded that Tribal Colleges can expect very little state funding in the future, and most tribal colleges do not have the resources necessary for comprehensive fundraising efforts. Recommendations include appropriating funds to currently authorized programs, exploring the possibility of using funds through the Department of Agriculture's rural development community facilities grants, and encouraging tribal colleges to fully utilize currently available supplemental sources of funding, such as funding for research facilities and historic preservation. (Contains 52 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: College Buildings, Colleges, Construction Needs, Educational Facilities Improvement, Federal Aid, Federal Indian Relationship, Federal Programs, Financial Needs, Higher Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Private Financial Support, School Construction, Tribally Controlled Education, Trust Responsibility (Government)
Institute for Higher Education Policy, 1320 19th St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-861-8223. For full text: http://www.ihep.com/infrastructure.pdf.
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.