CGS signed-on to two higher education letters to the 117th Congress this week. In a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the higher education community expressed support for an amendment to the Prepare for and Respond to Existing Viruses, Emerging New Threats, and Pandemics Act (Prevent Pandemics Act). This amendment, which is known as the Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment Act (TREAT Act), would establish a temporary license reciprocity for all practitioners or professionals (those who treat both physical and mental health conditions) in all states for in-person or telehealth visits during a declared national health emergency. Read more.
Department of Education Report Identifying Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure
The Department of Education issued a Federal Register notice on March 17 identifying financial assistance programs that allow for grant funds to be used for infrastructure projects. Programs identified within the Office of Postsecondary Education include the Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions Program, Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program, and strengthening master’s degree programs at HBCUs. Read more.
National Science Foundation Establishes New Directorate
This week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the establishment of the new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP). Even though Congress approved this new directorate in the recently passed and enacted FY2022 Omnibus Appropriations legislation, the actual mission of the directorate has yet to be determined. Read more.
Department of Education Webinar on Call to Action for Science Education
Recently, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine issued a report titled Call to Action for Science Education. The report seeks to advance science education programs and instruction in K-12 and post-secondary institutions in ways that will prepare students to face the global challenges of the future, both as engaged participants in society and as future STEM professionals. Read more.
PLEASE NOTE: Advisory Committee Meeting Announcements
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science issued notice of meetings in the Federal Register this week. Read more.