Reconciliation: more funding for HBCUs

The school loan revision being coupled with health care reform contains $85 million extra per year for historically-black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions for the next 10 years, according to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.  One of the objectives of the Innovation and Equity agenda is to increase support for HBCUs, which produce a disproportionate number of African-Americans with degrees in science and mathematics and who go on to obtain doctorates in those fields.

Research funding to HBCUs has been flat at about $422 million, just over one percent of the federal research funding to higher education, although the ten top colleges for producing blacks who pursue doctoral degrees are HBCUs.