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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Community College, HBCU, & MSI Role in Economic Mobility – NASFAA

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On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment held a hearing on “Engines of Economic Mobility: The Critical Role of Community Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Minority-Serving Institutions in Preparing Students for Success.” The witnesses included Dr. Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana; Dr. Patricia Alvarez McHatton, executive vice president for academic affairs, student success, and P-16 integration at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System; and Dr. Sandra L. Boham, president of Salish Kootenai College.

Subcommittee chair Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) opened the hearing highlighting the unique and vital roles Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and community colleges play in educating Americans as well as their successes in serving the student populations identified in their foundational missions. She also acknowledged that, due to persistent underfunding, these institutions “are forced do more with less,” and pushed for greater federal investment to support their efforts.

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