ACCT Statement Supporting the Future Act

September 16, 2019

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote on H.R. 2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act. This bicameral bipartisan bill would extend mandatory funding through fiscal year 2021 for grants that support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs offered at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Barring Congressional action, mandatory funding for these grants will expire on September 30th.

ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown offered the following statement in support of the FUTURE Act.

"For over a decade, the federal government has provided a significant investment in support of STEM education at HBCUs and MSIs. This funding has included support for STEM programs at many of our nation's community colleges. Growing our nation's STEM workforce is imperative to our ability to compete globally, and yet historically underserved populations remain underrepresented in STEM education. The success of our nation is directly tied to supporting educational opportunities and success for our students.

"The Association of Community College Trustees supports the FUTURE Act, which provides continued resources to support postsecondary STEM education. The FUTURE Act prevents a $255 million funding reduction for HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and MSIs. We encourage Congress to pass this important piece of legislation before the end of the fiscal year."