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ED: FY2010 Strengthening Institutions Program Applications

Federal Register, July 6, 2010, Page 38793-38797




Purpose of Program: The SIP provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them become self
sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students, by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution's academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

Priorities: Under this competition we are particularly interested in applications that address the following priorities.

Invitational Priorities: For FY 2010, there are four invitational priorities for this program. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.
These priorities are:

Invitational Priority 1.
    Support activities that will improve the institution's persistence and graduation rates.

Invitational Priority 2.
    Work with the appropriate State agencies to develop strategies for using State longitudinal data systems to track outcomes for students attending the grantee institution, including the extent to which the students complete certificates, two-year degrees, and four-year degrees at other institutions.

Invitational Priority 3.
    Develop academic programs to improve course completion rates or develop innovative support programs that are designed to increase completion rates.

Invitational Priority 4.
    Develop dual enrollment programs that facilitate the transition between high school and college or career pathway programs that integrate basic academic instruction with technical or professional occupational training to advance individuals, particularly adult learners, on a career path toward high-wage occupations in high-demand industries.

Program Authority:  20 U.S.C. 1057--1059d (Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA).
Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 607.


Applications Available: July 6, 2010. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 5, 2010.

Further Information

Imogene Byers or Darlene B. Collins, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW., 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20006-8513. You may contact these individuals at the following e-mail addresses and telephone numbers:; (202) 502-7672.; (202) 502-7576. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.