Summary: H.R.2801 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House amended, Part I (11/19/2004)

Minority Serving Institution Digital and Wireless Technology Opportunity Act of 2003 (sic)- Amends the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a Minority Serving Institution Digital and Wireless Technology Opportunity Program to assist eligible educational institutions in acquiring, and augmenting use of, digital and wireless networking technologies to improve the quality and delivery of educational services at such institutions. Defines as eligible institutions: (1) historically Black colleges or universities, (2) a Hispanic-, Alaskan Native-, or Native Hawaiian-serving institution; (3) a tribally controlled college or university; or (4) an institution with a sufficient enrollment of needy students as defined under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Outlines authorized assistance activities. Directs the Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology to: (1) establish an advisory council to advise on the best approaches toward maximum Program participation by eligible institutions; and (2) ensure that grant awards are made to all types of eligible institutions

Requires Program assessment every three years by the National Academy of Public Administration.

Requires: (1) each institution receiving assistance to report annually to the Under Secretary on the use of such funds; and (2) the Under Secretary to report assessment results to Congress.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 2004 through 2008 for the Program.

Acknowledges and recognizes the significant achievements and contributions of African-American scientists, mathematicians, and inventors.