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Clark Atlanta University President Applauds Senate Bipartisan Passage of the FUTURE Act’s Amendments and 10-Year Extension of Mandatory Funding to HBCUs

12/11/2019

ATLANTA, GA—December 11, 2019 – Clark Atlanta University President Dr. George T. French, Jr.,  applauds the bipartisan achievements of several U.S. Senators in proposing meaningful amendments to and moving quickly to pass the FUTURE Act with a 10-year extension of mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) under Title III, Part F of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which previously expired on September 30, 2019.  

“It is a great testament to our government leaders when they join forces in a bipartisan manner to support our greatest asset – our students,” said Dr. George T. French, Jr., president of Clark Atlanta University.  “ I am extremely grateful to Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) for recognizing the importance of the passage of this Act.”

Clark Atlanta University has two Title III Programs: HBCU and HBGI. Title III has funded project activities designed to help meet various strategic goals of the University. Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, authorizes these grants to strengthen institutions in the areas of Academic Quality, Fiscal Stability, Student Services and outcomes, and the quality of Intuitional Management.

“Students from many of our institutions face financial obstacles which often deters their dreams of pursuing or even completing a higher education,” says French. “I am extremely grateful for the passage of the Future Act as well the bipartisan efforts of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for paving the way for the 10-year extension of this much needed funding for HBCUs, PBIs and MSIs. Clark University joins forces in strongly encouraging the House of Representatives to expeditiously pass and for President Trump to sign this bill to enable our institutions to concentrate on preparing tomorrow’s leaders with the marketable skills to be competitive in our global society.”

About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is a private, research-intensive, liberal arts institution offering 38 exciting areas of study at bachelor’s, master’s, specialists, and doctoral levels.  Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), CAU continues a 150-year legacy rooted in the African American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement, CAU cultivates lifted lives that transform the world.  Learn more at www.cau.edu .