S.943 - College Equity Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 03/28/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 03/28/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.943 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/28/2019)
College Equity Act of 2019
This bill requires the Department of Education (ED) to establish grant programs for reviewing and addressing inequities in student recruitment, admissions, and support at institutions of higher education (IHEs).
Specifically, ED must award grants to IHEs to conduct equity audits that review IHEs' policies, practices, and resources (e.g., admission policies, financial aid, and faculty diversity) to identify areas that might produce gaps in outcomes by certain identity factors. Identity factors include gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, income, criminal background, military service, first-generation students, students with disabilities, student parents, and transfer students.
In addition, ED must award grants to IHEs for executing improvement plans that address inequities.
Finally, higher education accrediting agencies and associations must assess the findings from the audits and assist IHEs in addressing inequities.