Applications for New Awards; Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, 21758-21763 [2019-10056]

Download as PDF 21758 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / Notices Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 10, 2019. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–10087 Filed 5–14–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2019 for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.031S. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840–0745. DATES: Applications Available: May 15, 2019. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 15, 2019. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 12, 2019. ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-201902-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Njeri Clark, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 260–14, Washington, DC 20202– 4260. Telephone: (202) 453–6224. Email: Njeri.Clark@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Full Text of Announcement jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The DHSI Program provides grants to assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students. DHSI Program grants enable HSIs to expand and VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:43 May 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 enhance the academic offerings, program quality, faculty quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and help large numbers of Hispanic students and low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees. Background: Hispanic students are enrolling in postsecondary institutions at higher rates than ever before, yet their high enrollments are not translating to degree completion.1 HSIs have an opportunity to change the landscape by increasing the number of certificates and degrees attained by Hispanic and low-income students. Certificate and degree attainment is imperative to the thriving economy of the United States. HSIs’ high enrollment of Hispanic and low-income students enables them to serve as models for how best to meet the needs of Hispanic and low-income students. As such, this program supports HSIs that demonstrate a commitment to developing and/or enhancing a comprehensive plan that looks to identify and address the strengths and weaknesses of an institution’s enrollment, retention, support, and graduation rates of Hispanic and low-income students. HSIs interested in applying to this grant program can use the development of their comprehensive plan to examine the alignment of their mission and current strategic plan with the needs of the target population and surrounding community to develop, enhance, and implement leadership, practice, and policies that best promote student success. Moreover, HSIs can use their plans as road maps to help all students, especially those with the highest needs, find exciting pathways to employment and career advancement. To this end, this competition includes two competitive preference priorities that are designed to promote student success. Priorities: This notice contains two competitive preference priorities. The first competitive preference priority is from the authorized activities for this program in section 503 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1101b). The second competitive preference priority is from the Secretary’s Final Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2018 (83 FR 9096) (Supplemental Priorities). Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2019 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of 1 Digest of Education Statistics 2017, January 2019, https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018070.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award an application up to 10 additional points, depending on how well the application meets one of these priorities. Applicants may only respond to one of the priorities, for a total of up to 10 additional points. These priorities are: Competitive Preference Priority 1 (Up to 10 Additional Points) Projects that are designed to expand the number of Hispanic and other underrepresented graduate and professional students that can be served by the institution by expanding courses and institutional resources. Competitive Preference Priority 2 (Up to 10 Additional Points) Projects that support instruction in personal financial literacy, knowledge of markets and economics, knowledge of higher education financing and repayment (e.g., college savings and student loans), or other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and responsibility. Definitions: The following definitions are from 34 CFR 77.1 and apply to the selection criteria in this notice: Baseline means the starting point from which performance is measured and targets are set. Budget period means an interval of time into which a project period is divided for budgetary purposes. Demonstrates a rationale means a key project component included in the project’s logic model is informed by research or evaluation findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve relevant outcomes. Department means the U.S. Department of Education. Experimental study means a study that is designed to compare outcomes between two groups of individuals (such as students) that are otherwise equivalent except for their assignment to either a treatment group receiving a project component or a control group that does not. Randomized controlled trials, regression discontinuity design studies, and single-case design studies are the specific types of experimental studies that, depending on their design and implementation (e.g., sample attrition in randomized controlled trials and regression discontinuity design studies), can meet What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) standards without reservations as described in the WWC Handbook: (i) A randomized controlled trial employs random assignment of, for E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / Notices example, students, teachers, classrooms, or schools to receive the project component being evaluated (the treatment group) or not to receive the project component (the control group). (ii) A regression discontinuity design study assigns the project component being evaluated using a measured variable (e.g., assigning students reading below a cutoff score to tutoring or developmental education classes) and controls for that variable in the analysis of outcomes. (iii) A single-case design study uses observations of a single case (e.g., a student eligible for a behavioral intervention) over time in the absence and presence of a controlled treatment manipulation to determine whether the outcome is systematically related to the treatment. Fiscal year means the Federal fiscal year—a period beginning on October 1 and ending on the following September 30. Grantee means the legal entity to which a grant is awarded and that is accountable to the Federal Government for the use of the funds provided. The grantee is the entire legal entity even if only a particular component of the entity is designated in the grant award notice (GAN). For example, a GAN may name as the grantee one school or campus of a university. In this case, the granting agency usually intends, or actually intends, that the named component assume primary or sole responsibility for administering the grant-assisted project or program. Nevertheless, the naming of a component of a legal entity as the grantee in a grant award document shall not be construed as relieving the whole legal entity from accountability to the Federal Government for the use of the funds provided. (This definition is not intended to affect the eligibility provision of grant programs in which eligibility is limited to organizations that may be only components of a legal entity.) The term ‘‘grantee’’ does not include any secondary recipients, such as subgrantees and contractors, that may receive funds from a grantee pursuant to a subgrant or contract. Grant period means the period for which funds have been awarded. Local educational agency means: (a) A public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control of or direction of, or to perform service functions for, public elementary or secondary schools in: (1) A city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State; or VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:43 May 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 (2) Such combination of school districts or counties a State recognizes as an administrative agency for its public elementary or secondary schools; or (b) Any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a public elementary or secondary school. (c) As used in 34 CFR parts 400, 408, 525, 526 and 527 (vocational education programs), the term also includes any other public institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of a vocational education program. Logic model (also referred to as a theory of action) means a framework that identifies key project components of the proposed project (i.e., the active ‘‘ingredients’’ that are hypothesized to be critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the theoretical and operational relationships among the key project components and relevant outcomes. Note: In developing logic models, applicants may want to use resources such as the Pacific Education Laboratory’s Logic Model Application (https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/ edlabs/regions/pacific/elm.asp). Performance measure means any quantitative indicator, statistic, or metric used to gauge program or project performance. Performance target means a level of performance that an applicant would seek to meet during the course of a project or as a result of a project. Project component means an activity, strategy, intervention, process, product, practice, or policy included in a project. Evidence may pertain to an individual project component or to a combination of project components (e.g., training teachers on instructional practices for English learners and follow-on coaching for these teachers). Promising evidence means that there is evidence of the effectiveness of a key project component in improving a relevant outcome, based on a relevant finding from one of the following: (i) A practice guide prepared by What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reporting a ‘‘strong evidence base’’ or ‘‘moderate evidence base’’ for the corresponding practice guide recommendation; (ii) An intervention report prepared by the WWC reporting a ‘‘positive effect’’ or ‘‘potentially positive effect’’ on a relevant outcome with no reporting of a ‘‘negative effect’’ or ‘‘potentially negative effect’’ on a relevant outcome; or (iii) A single study assessed by the Department, as appropriate, that— (A) Is an experimental study, a quasiexperimental design study, or a well- PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21759 designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias (e.g., a study using regression methods to account for differences between a treatment group and a comparison group); and (B) Includes at least one statistically significant and positive (i.e., favorable) effect on a relevant outcome. Quasi-experimental design study means a study using a design that attempts to approximate an experimental study by identifying a comparison group that is similar to the treatment group in important respects. This type of study, depending on design and implementation (e.g., establishment of baseline equivalence of the groups being compared), can meet WWC standards with reservations, but cannot meet WWC standards without reservations, as described in the WWC Handbook. Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcomes(s) the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the specific goals of a program. Subgrant means an award of financial assistance in the form of money, or property in lieu of money, made under a grant by a grantee to an eligible subgrantee. The term includes financial assistance when provided by contractual or any other form of legal agreement, but does not include procurement purchases, nor does it include any form of assistance that is excluded from the definition of ‘‘grant or award’’ in this part (See 2 CFR 200.92, ‘‘Subaward’’). What Works Clearinghouse Handbook (WWC Handbook) means the standards and procedures set forth in the WWC Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 3.0 or Version 2.1 (incorporated by reference, see 34 CFR 77.2). Study findings eligible for review under WWC standards can meet WWC standards without reservations, meet WWC standards with reservations, or not meet WWC standards. WWC practice guides and intervention reports include findings from systematic reviews of evidence as described in the Handbook documentation. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1101– 1101d; 1103–1103g. Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 21760 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / Notices Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. (d) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 606. (e) The Supplemental Priorities. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Five-year Individual Development Grants only. Cooperative Arrangement Grants and Planning grants will not be awarded in FY 2019. Estimated Available Funds: $24,000,000. Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in subsequent fiscal years from the list of unfunded applications from this competition. Estimated Range of Awards: $500,000–$600,000. Maximum Awards: We will not make an award exceeding $600,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Estimated Number of Awards: 40. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. III. Eligibility Information and Supplemental Requirements jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 1. Eligible Applicants: (a) Institutions of higher education (IHEs) that qualify as eligible HSIs are eligible to apply for new Individual Development Grants under the DHSI Program. To be an eligible HSI, an IHE must— (i) Have an enrollment of needy students, as defined in section 502(b) of the HEA (section 502(a)(2)(A)(i) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101a(a)(2)(A)(i)); (ii) Have, except as provided in section 522(b) of the HEA, average education and general expenditures that are low, per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student, in comparison with the average education and general expenditures per FTE undergraduate student of institutions that offer similar instruction (section 502(a)(2)(A)(ii) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101a(a)(2)(A)(ii)); Note: To demonstrate an enrollment of needy students and low average education and general expenditures per FTE undergraduate student, an IHE must be designated as an ‘‘eligible institution’’ in accordance with 34 CFR 606.3 through 606.5 and the notice inviting applications for designation as an eligible institution for the fiscal year for which the grant competition is being conducted. Note: The notice announcing the FY 2019 process for designation of eligible institutions, and inviting applications for VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:43 May 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 waiver of eligibility requirements, was published in the Federal Register on January 29, 2019 (84 FR 451). Only institutions that the Department determines are eligible, or are granted a waiver, may apply for a grant in this program. (iii) Be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association that the Secretary has determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered, or making reasonable progress toward accreditation, according to such an agency or association (section 502(a)(2)(A)(iv) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101a(a)(2)(A)(iv)); (iv) Be legally authorized to provide, and provide within the State, an education program for which the institution awards a bachelor’s degree (section 502(a)(2)(A)(iii) of the HEA), or be a junior or community college (20 U.S.C. 1101a(a)(2)(A)(iii)); (v) Have an enrollment of undergraduate FTE students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application (section 502(a)(5)(B) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101a(a)(5)(B)); and (vi) Provide, as an attachment to the application, the documentation the IHE relied upon in determining that at least 25 percent of the IHE’s undergraduate FTE students are Hispanic. The 25 percent requirement applies only to undergraduate Hispanic students and is calculated based upon FTE students as defined in section 502(a)(4) of the HEA. Instructions for formatting and submitting the verification documentation to Grants.gov are in the application package for this competition. (b) For this program, the ‘‘end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application’’ refers to the end of the fiscal year prior to the application due date. For purposes of this competition, the data that we will use to determine percent enrollment is for academic year 2017–2018. (c) In considering applications for grants under this program, the Department will compare the data and documentation the institution relied on in its application with data reported to the Department’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the IHE’s State-reported enrollment data, and the institutional annual report. If different percentages or data are reported in these various sources, the institution must, as part of the 25 percent assurance verification, explain the reason for the differences. If the IPEDS data show that less than 25 percent of the institution’s undergraduate FTE students are PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Hispanic, the burden is on the institution to show that the IPEDS data are inaccurate. If the IPEDS data indicate that the institution has an undergraduate FTE less than 25 percent, and the institution fails to demonstrate that the IPEDS data are inaccurate, the institution will be considered ineligible. (d) A grantee under the DHSI Program, which is authorized by title V of the HEA, may not receive a grant under any HEA, title III, part A or part B program (section 505 of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101D). The title III, part A programs include: The Strengthening Institutions Program; the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program; the Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Programs; the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program; the Strengthening Predominantly Black Institutions program; and the Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions Program. Furthermore, a current DHSI Program grantee may not give up its HSI grant in order to receive a grant under any title III, part A program (§ 606.2(c)(1)). (e) An eligible HSI may only submit one Individual Development Grant application. (f) Nothing in this notice alters a grantee’s obligations to comply with nondiscrimination requirements in the U.S. Constitution and Federal civil rights laws, including on the basis of race or ethnicity, among others. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching unless the grantee uses a portion of its grant for establishing or improving an endowment fund. If a grantee uses a portion of its grant for endowment fund purposes, it must match those grant funds with nonFederal funds (section 503(c)(2) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101b(c)(2)). 3. Supplement-Not Supplant: This program involves supplement-notsupplant funding requirements. Grant funds shall be used so that they supplement and, to the extent practical, increase the funds that would otherwise be available for the activities to be carried out under the grant and in no case supplant those funds. (34 CFR 606.30(b). 4. Subgrantees: Under 34 CFR 75.708(b) and (c) a grantee under this competition may award subgrants—to directly carry out project activities described in its application—to the following types of entities: Local educational agencies; State educational agencies; institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations. The grantee may award subgrants to entities E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES it has identified in an approved application or that it selects through that it selects through a competition under procedures established by the grantee. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at www.govinfo.gov/content/ pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which contain requirements and information on how to submit an application. 2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of projects that may be proposed in applications for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, your application may include business information that you consider proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we define ‘‘business information’’ and describe the process we use in determining whether any of that information is proprietary and, thus, protected from disclosure under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended). An applicant may wish to request confidentiality of business information because successful applications may be made available to the public, if requested. Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your application, under ‘‘Other Attachments Form,’’ please list the page number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c). 3. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this program. 4. Funding Restrictions: We specify unallowable costs in 34 CFR 606.10(c). We reference additional regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. 5. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:43 May 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 application. We recommend that you (1) limit the application narrative to no more than 55 pages for Individual Development Grants and (2) use the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double-space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs. • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger, and no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial. The recommended page limit applies to the Project Narrative, which is your complete response to the selection criteria, and your response to one of the competitive preference priorities (if applicable). However, the page limit does not apply to the Application for Federal Assistance form-SF–424; ED SF–424 Supplement form; Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs form (ED 524); the assurances and certifications; the one-page project abstract, the program profile form, and supporting budget narrative. 6. Notice of Intent To Apply: The Department will be able to review grant applications more efficiently if we know the approximate number of applicants that intend to apply. Therefore, we strongly encourage each potential applicant to notify us of their intent to submit an application. To do so, please email the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT with the subject line ‘‘Intent to Apply,’’ and include the applicant’s name and a contact person’s name and email address. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information provided. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 606.8, 34 CFR 606.22, and 34 CFR 75.210 and are as follows: (a) Quality of the applicant’s comprehensive development plan. (Up to 25 points). The extent to which— (1) The strengths, weaknesses, and significant problems of the institution’s academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability are clearly and comprehensively analyzed PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21761 and result from a process that involved major constituencies of the institution; (up to 5 points) (2) The goals for the institution’s academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal stability are realistic and based on comprehensive analysis; (up to 5 points) (3) The objectives stated in the plan are measurable, related to institutional goals, and, if achieved, will contribute to the growth and self-sufficiency of the institution; and (up to 5 points) (4) The plan clearly and comprehensively describes the methods and resources the institution will use to institutionalize practice and improvements developed under the proposed project, including, in particular, how operational costs for personnel, maintenance, and upgrades of equipment will be paid with institutional resources. (Up to 5 points) (5) The plan clearly and comprehensively describes the five-year plan to improve its services to Hispanic and other low-income students. (up to 5 points) (b) Quality of the project design. (up to 15 points) The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed project. In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following: (1) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a rationale (as defined in this notice). (up to 5 points) (2) The extent to which the proposed project is supported by promising evidence (as defined in this notice). (up to 10 points) Note: To establish that their projects ‘‘demonstrate a rationale,’’ applicants must use a logic model (as defined in this notice). To establish that their projects are supported by ‘‘promising evidence,’’ applicants should cite the supporting study or studies that meets the conditions in the definition of ‘‘promising evidence’’ and attach the studies as part of the application attachments. In addressing ‘‘promising evidence,’’ applicants are encouraged to align the direct student services proposed in this application to evidence-based practices identified in the selected studies. (c) Quality of activity objectives. (Up to 10 points) The extent to which the objectives for each activity are— (1) Realistic and defined in terms of measurable results; (up to 5 points) and (2) Directly related to the problems to be solved and to the goals of the comprehensive development plan. (up to 5 points) (d) Quality of implementation strategy. (Up to 15 points) The extent to which— E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 21762 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / Notices (1) The implementation strategy for each activity is comprehensive; (up to 5 points) (2) The rationale for the implementation strategy for each activity is clearly described and is supported by the results of relevant studies or projects; (up to 5 points) and (3) The timetable for each activity is realistic and likely to be attained. (up to 5 points) (e) Quality of project management plan. (Up to 10 points) The extent to which— (1) Procedures for managing the project are likely to ensure efficient and effective project implementation; (up to 5 points) and (2) The project coordinator and activity directors have sufficient authority to conduct the project effectively, including access to the president or chief executive officer. (up to 5 points) (f) Quality of key personnel. (Up to 5 points) The extent to which— (1) The past experience and training of key professional personnel are directly related to the stated activity objectives; (up to 2 points) and (2) The time commitment of key personnel is realistic. (up to 3 points) (g) Quality of evaluation plan. (Up to 15 points) The extent to which— (1) The data elements and the data collection procedures are clearly described and appropriate to measure the attainment of activity objectives and to measure the success of the project in achieving the goals of the comprehensive development plan; (up to 5 points) (2) The data analysis procedures are clearly described and are likely to produce formative and summative results on attaining activity objectives and measuring the success of the project on achieving the goals of the comprehensive development plan; (up to 5 points) and (3) The evaluation will provide guidance about effective strategies suitable for replication or testing in other settings. (up to 5 points) (h) Budget. (up to 5 points) The extent to which the proposed costs are necessary and reasonable in relation to the project’s objectives and scope. 2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant’s use of VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:43 May 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of unacceptable quality. In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). A panel of three non-Federal reviewers will review and score each application in accordance with the selection criteria in this notice, as well as the competitive preference priorities. A rank order funding slate will be made from this review. Awards will be made in rank order according to the average score received from the peer review. Tiebreaker: In tie-breaking situations for development grants described in 34 CFR 606.23(b), the DHSI Program regulations in 34 CFR part 606, subpart C require that we award additional points to an application from an IHE that— (1) Has an endowment fund of which the current market value, per full-time equivalent enrolled student, is less than the average current market value of the endowment funds, per full-time equivalent enrolled student, at comparable institutions that offer similar instruction; (2) Has expenditures for library materials per full-time equivalent enrolled student that are less than the average expenditures for library materials per full-time equivalent enrolled student at comparable institutions that offer similar instruction; or (3) Proposes to carry out one or more of the following activities— (i) Faculty development (1 point); (ii) Funds and administrative management (1 point); (iii) Development and improvement of academic programs (2 points); (iv) Acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening management and academic programs (1 point); (v) Joint use of facilities (2 points); or (vi) Student services (2 points). If a tie remains after applying the tiebreaker mechanism above, priority will be given to applicants that addressed the statutory priority found in section 521(d) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1071). If a tie still remains after applying the additional point(s) and the relevant statutory priority, we will determine the ranking of applicants based on the PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 applicant that scores the highest under the selection criterion, quality of the applicant’s comprehensive development plan, followed by quality of implementation strategy. 3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 200.205, before awarding grants under this program, the Department conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 3474.10, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, in appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible. 4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this competition to receive an award that over the course of the project period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently $250,000), under 2 CFR 200.205(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards—that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant—before we make an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS. Please note that, if the total value of your currently active grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal funds you receive exceed $10,000,000. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, also. If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you. E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 94 / Wednesday, May 15, 2019 / Notices 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant. 3. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 3474.20. 4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b). (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multiyear award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/ fund/grant/apply/appforms/ appforms.html. (c) Under 34 CFR 75.250(b), the Secretary may provide a grantee with additional funding for data collection analysis and reporting. In this case the VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:43 May 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 Secretary establishes a data collection period. 5. Performance Measures: The Secretary has established the following key performance measures for assessing the effectiveness of the DHSI Program: (a) The annual rate of degree or certificate completion for all students, and specifically for Hispanic students, at DHSI grantee institutions. (b) The annual persistence rate at DHSI grantee institutions for all students, and for Hispanic students in particular, from one year to the next. (c) The percentage of all students, and of Hispanic students in particular, that transfer from a two-year HSI to a fouryear institution. (d) The number of all students, and the number of Hispanic students in particular, served by any direct student service supported by the grant. (e) The Federal cost per undergraduate and graduate degree at institutions in the DHSI program. 6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR 75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: Whether a grantee has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the Secretary has established performance measurement requirements, the performance targets in the grantee’s approved application. In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). VII. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; Developing Hispanic-Serving 
Institutions Program

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice 
inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2019 
for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program, 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.031S. This 
notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control 
number 1840-0745.

DATES: 
    Applications Available: May 15, 2019.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 15, 2019.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: September 12, 2019.

ADDRESSES: For the addresses for obtaining and submitting an 
application, please refer to our Common Instructions for Applicants to 
Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Njeri Clark, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 260-14, Washington, DC 20202-
4260. Telephone: (202) 453-6224. Email: [email protected].
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Full Text of Announcement

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The DHSI Program provides grants to assist 
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to expand educational 
opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic 
students. DHSI Program grants enable HSIs to expand and enhance the 
academic offerings, program quality, faculty quality, and institutional 
stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority 
of Hispanic college students and help large numbers of Hispanic 
students and low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees.
    Background: Hispanic students are enrolling in postsecondary 
institutions at higher rates than ever before, yet their high 
enrollments are not translating to degree completion.\1\ HSIs have an 
opportunity to change the landscape by increasing the number of 
certificates and degrees attained by Hispanic and low-income students. 
Certificate and degree attainment is imperative to the thriving economy 
of the United States. HSIs' high enrollment of Hispanic and low-income 
students enables them to serve as models for how best to meet the needs 
of Hispanic and low-income students. As such, this program supports 
HSIs that demonstrate a commitment to developing and/or enhancing a 
comprehensive plan that looks to identify and address the strengths and 
weaknesses of an institution's enrollment, retention, support, and 
graduation rates of Hispanic and low-income students.
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    HSIs interested in applying to this grant program can use the 
development of their comprehensive plan to examine the alignment of 
their mission and current strategic plan with the needs of the target 
population and surrounding community to develop, enhance, and implement 
leadership, practice, and policies that best promote student success. 
Moreover, HSIs can use their plans as road maps to help all students, 
especially those with the highest needs, find exciting pathways to 
employment and career advancement.
    To this end, this competition includes two competitive preference 
priorities that are designed to promote student success.
    Priorities: This notice contains two competitive preference 
priorities. The first competitive preference priority is from the 
authorized activities for this program in section 503 of the HEA (20 
U.S.C. 1101b). The second competitive preference priority is from the 
Secretary's Final Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for 
Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on 
March 2, 2018 (83 FR 9096) (Supplemental Priorities).
    Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2019 and any subsequent 
year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications 
from this competition, these priorities are competitive preference 
priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award an application up to 
10 additional points, depending on how well the application meets one 
of these priorities. Applicants may only respond to one of the 
priorities, for a total of up to 10 additional points.
    These priorities are:

Competitive Preference Priority 1 (Up to 10 Additional Points)

    Projects that are designed to expand the number of Hispanic and 
other underrepresented graduate and professional students that can be 
served by the institution by expanding courses and institutional 
resources.

Competitive Preference Priority 2 (Up to 10 Additional Points)

    Projects that support instruction in personal financial literacy, 
knowledge of markets and economics, knowledge of higher education 
financing and repayment (e.g., college savings and student loans), or 
other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and 
responsibility.
    Definitions: The following definitions are from 34 CFR 77.1 and 
apply to the selection criteria in this notice:
    Baseline means the starting point from which performance is 
measured and targets are set.
    Budget period means an interval of time into which a project period 
is divided for budgetary purposes.
    Demonstrates a rationale means a key project component included in 
the project's logic model is informed by research or evaluation 
findings that suggest the project component is likely to improve 
relevant outcomes.
    Department means the U.S. Department of Education.
    Experimental study means a study that is designed to compare 
outcomes between two groups of individuals (such as students) that are 
otherwise equivalent except for their assignment to either a treatment 
group receiving a project component or a control group that does not. 
Randomized controlled trials, regression discontinuity design studies, 
and single-case design studies are the specific types of experimental 
studies that, depending on their design and implementation (e.g., 
sample attrition in randomized controlled trials and regression 
discontinuity design studies), can meet What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) 
standards without reservations as described in the WWC Handbook:
    (i) A randomized controlled trial employs random assignment of, for

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example, students, teachers, classrooms, or schools to receive the 
project component being evaluated (the treatment group) or not to 
receive the project component (the control group).
    (ii) A regression discontinuity design study assigns the project 
component being evaluated using a measured variable (e.g., assigning 
students reading below a cutoff score to tutoring or developmental 
education classes) and controls for that variable in the analysis of 
outcomes.
    (iii) A single-case design study uses observations of a single case 
(e.g., a student eligible for a behavioral intervention) over time in 
the absence and presence of a controlled treatment manipulation to 
determine whether the outcome is systematically related to the 
treatment.
    Fiscal year means the Federal fiscal year--a period beginning on 
October 1 and ending on the following September 30.
    Grantee means the legal entity to which a grant is awarded and that 
is accountable to the Federal Government for the use of the funds 
provided. The grantee is the entire legal entity even if only a 
particular component of the entity is designated in the grant award 
notice (GAN). For example, a GAN may name as the grantee one school or 
campus of a university. In this case, the granting agency usually 
intends, or actually intends, that the named component assume primary 
or sole responsibility for administering the grant-assisted project or 
program. Nevertheless, the naming of a component of a legal entity as 
the grantee in a grant award document shall not be construed as 
relieving the whole legal entity from accountability to the Federal 
Government for the use of the funds provided. (This definition is not 
intended to affect the eligibility provision of grant programs in which 
eligibility is limited to organizations that may be only components of 
a legal entity.) The term ``grantee'' does not include any secondary 
recipients, such as subgrantees and contractors, that may receive funds 
from a grantee pursuant to a subgrant or contract.
    Grant period means the period for which funds have been awarded.
    Local educational agency means:
    (a) A public board of education or other public authority legally 
constituted within a State for either administrative control of or 
direction of, or to perform service functions for, public elementary or 
secondary schools in:
    (1) A city, county, township, school district, or other political 
subdivision of a State; or
    (2) Such combination of school districts or counties a State 
recognizes as an administrative agency for its public elementary or 
secondary schools; or
    (b) Any other public institution or agency that has administrative 
control and direction of a public elementary or secondary school.
    (c) As used in 34 CFR parts 400, 408, 525, 526 and 527 (vocational 
education programs), the term also includes any other public 
institution or agency that has administrative control and direction of 
a vocational education program.
    Logic model (also referred to as a theory of action) means a 
framework that identifies key project components of the proposed 
project (i.e., the active ``ingredients'' that are hypothesized to be 
critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the 
theoretical and operational relationships among the key project 
components and relevant outcomes.

    Note:  In developing logic models, applicants may want to use 
resources such as the Pacific Education Laboratory's Logic Model 
Application (https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/elm.asp).

    Performance measure means any quantitative indicator, statistic, or 
metric used to gauge program or project performance.
    Performance target means a level of performance that an applicant 
would seek to meet during the course of a project or as a result of a 
project.
    Project component means an activity, strategy, intervention, 
process, product, practice, or policy included in a project. Evidence 
may pertain to an individual project component or to a combination of 
project components (e.g., training teachers on instructional practices 
for English learners and follow-on coaching for these teachers).
    Promising evidence means that there is evidence of the 
effectiveness of a key project component in improving a relevant 
outcome, based on a relevant finding from one of the following:
    (i) A practice guide prepared by What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) 
reporting a ``strong evidence base'' or ``moderate evidence base'' for 
the corresponding practice guide recommendation;
    (ii) An intervention report prepared by the WWC reporting a 
``positive effect'' or ``potentially positive effect'' on a relevant 
outcome with no reporting of a ``negative effect'' or ``potentially 
negative effect'' on a relevant outcome; or
    (iii) A single study assessed by the Department, as appropriate, 
that--
    (A) Is an experimental study, a quasi-experimental design study, or 
a well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with 
statistical controls for selection bias (e.g., a study using regression 
methods to account for differences between a treatment group and a 
comparison group); and
    (B) Includes at least one statistically significant and positive 
(i.e., favorable) effect on a relevant outcome.
    Quasi-experimental design study means a study using a design that 
attempts to approximate an experimental study by identifying a 
comparison group that is similar to the treatment group in important 
respects. This type of study, depending on design and implementation 
(e.g., establishment of baseline equivalence of the groups being 
compared), can meet WWC standards with reservations, but cannot meet 
WWC standards without reservations, as described in the WWC Handbook.
    Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcomes(s) 
the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the 
specific goals of a program.
    Subgrant means an award of financial assistance in the form of 
money, or property in lieu of money, made under a grant by a grantee to 
an eligible subgrantee. The term includes financial assistance when 
provided by contractual or any other form of legal agreement, but does 
not include procurement purchases, nor does it include any form of 
assistance that is excluded from the definition of ``grant or award'' 
in this part (See 2 CFR 200.92, ``Subaward'').
    What Works Clearinghouse Handbook (WWC Handbook) means the 
standards and procedures set forth in the WWC Procedures and Standards 
Handbook, Version 3.0 or Version 2.1 (incorporated by reference, see 34 
CFR 77.2). Study findings eligible for review under WWC standards can 
meet WWC standards without reservations, meet WWC standards with 
reservations, or not meet WWC standards. WWC practice guides and 
intervention reports include findings from systematic reviews of 
evidence as described in the Handbook documentation.
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1101-1101d; 1103-1103g.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 82, 84, 86, 97, 
98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines to 
Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 
2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department 
in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform

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Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements 
for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as 
regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. (d) The regulations 
for this program in 34 CFR part 606. (e) The Supplemental Priorities.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Five-year Individual 
Development Grants only. Cooperative Arrangement Grants and Planning 
grants will not be awarded in FY 2019.
    Estimated Available Funds: $24,000,000.
    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of 
applications, we may make additional awards in subsequent fiscal years 
from the list of unfunded applications from this competition.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $500,000-$600,000.
    Maximum Awards: We will not make an award exceeding $600,000 for a 
single budget period of 12 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 40.

    Note:  The Department is not bound by any estimates in this 
notice.

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

III. Eligibility Information and Supplemental Requirements

    1. Eligible Applicants: (a) Institutions of higher education (IHEs) 
that qualify as eligible HSIs are eligible to apply for new Individual 
Development Grants under the DHSI Program. To be an eligible HSI, an 
IHE must--
    (i) Have an enrollment of needy students, as defined in section 
502(b) of the HEA (section 502(a)(2)(A)(i) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 
1101a(a)(2)(A)(i));
    (ii) Have, except as provided in section 522(b) of the HEA, average 
education and general expenditures that are low, per full-time 
equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student, in comparison with the average 
education and general expenditures per FTE undergraduate student of 
institutions that offer similar instruction (section 502(a)(2)(A)(ii) 
of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101a(a)(2)(A)(ii));

    Note:  To demonstrate an enrollment of needy students and low 
average education and general expenditures per FTE undergraduate 
student, an IHE must be designated as an ``eligible institution'' in 
accordance with 34 CFR 606.3 through 606.5 and the notice inviting 
applications for designation as an eligible institution for the 
fiscal year for which the grant competition is being conducted.


    Note:  The notice announcing the FY 2019 process for designation 
of eligible institutions, and inviting applications for waiver of 
eligibility requirements, was published in the Federal Register on 
January 29, 2019 (84 FR 451). Only institutions that the Department 
determines are eligible, or are granted a waiver, may apply for a 
grant in this program.

    (iii) Be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency 
or association that the Secretary has determined to be a reliable 
authority as to the quality of education or training offered, or making 
reasonable progress toward accreditation, according to such an agency 
or association (section 502(a)(2)(A)(iv) of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 
1101a(a)(2)(A)(iv));
    (iv) Be legally authorized to provide, and provide within the 
State, an education program for which the institution awards a 
bachelor's degree (section 502(a)(2)(A)(iii) of the HEA), or be a 
junior or community college (20 U.S.C. 1101a(a)(2)(A)(iii));
    (v) Have an enrollment of undergraduate FTE students that is at 
least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year 
immediately preceding the date of application (section 502(a)(5)(B) of 
the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101a(a)(5)(B)); and
    (vi) Provide, as an attachment to the application, the 
documentation the IHE relied upon in determining that at least 25 
percent of the IHE's undergraduate FTE students are Hispanic. The 25 
percent requirement applies only to undergraduate Hispanic students and 
is calculated based upon FTE students as defined in section 502(a)(4) 
of the HEA. Instructions for formatting and submitting the verification 
documentation to Grants.gov are in the application package for this 
competition.
    (b) For this program, the ``end of the award year immediately 
preceding the date of application'' refers to the end of the fiscal 
year prior to the application due date. For purposes of this 
competition, the data that we will use to determine percent enrollment 
is for academic year 2017-2018.
    (c) In considering applications for grants under this program, the 
Department will compare the data and documentation the institution 
relied on in its application with data reported to the Department's 
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the IHE's 
State-reported enrollment data, and the institutional annual report. If 
different percentages or data are reported in these various sources, 
the institution must, as part of the 25 percent assurance verification, 
explain the reason for the differences. If the IPEDS data show that 
less than 25 percent of the institution's undergraduate FTE students 
are Hispanic, the burden is on the institution to show that the IPEDS 
data are inaccurate. If the IPEDS data indicate that the institution 
has an undergraduate FTE less than 25 percent, and the institution 
fails to demonstrate that the IPEDS data are inaccurate, the 
institution will be considered ineligible.
    (d) A grantee under the DHSI Program, which is authorized by title 
V of the HEA, may not receive a grant under any HEA, title III, part A 
or part B program (section 505 of the HEA; 20 U.S.C. 1101D). The title 
III, part A programs include: The Strengthening Institutions Program; 
the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities 
Program; the Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions 
Programs; the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-
Serving Institutions Program; the Strengthening Predominantly Black 
Institutions program; and the Native American-Serving Non-Tribal 
Institutions Program. Furthermore, a current DHSI Program grantee may 
not give up its HSI grant in order to receive a grant under any title 
III, part A program (Sec.  606.2(c)(1)).
    (e) An eligible HSI may only submit one Individual Development 
Grant application.
    (f) Nothing in this notice alters a grantee's obligations to comply 
with nondiscrimination requirements in the U.S. Constitution and 
Federal civil rights laws, including on the basis of race or ethnicity, 
among others.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost 
sharing or matching unless the grantee uses a portion of its grant for 
establishing or improving an endowment fund. If a grantee uses a 
portion of its grant for endowment fund purposes, it must match those 
grant funds with non-Federal funds (section 503(c)(2) of the HEA; 20 
U.S.C. 1101b(c)(2)).
    3. Supplement-Not Supplant: This program involves supplement-not-
supplant funding requirements. Grant funds shall be used so that they 
supplement and, to the extent practical, increase the funds that would 
otherwise be available for the activities to be carried out under the 
grant and in no case supplant those funds. (34 CFR 606.30(b).
    4. Subgrantees: Under 34 CFR 75.708(b) and (c) a grantee under this 
competition may award subgrants--to directly carry out project 
activities described in its application--to the following types of 
entities: Local educational agencies; State educational agencies; 
institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations. The grantee 
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it has identified in an approved application or that it selects through 
that it selects through a competition under procedures established by 
the grantee.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Application Submission Instructions: Applicants are required to 
follow the Common Instructions for Applicants to Department of 
Education Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal 
Register on February 13, 2019 (84 FR 3768), and available at 
www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-02-13/pdf/2019-02206.pdf, which 
contain requirements and information on how to submit an application.
    2. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of 
projects that may be proposed in applications for the Developing 
Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, your application may include 
business information that you consider proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we 
define ``business information'' and describe the process we use in 
determining whether any of that information is proprietary and, thus, 
protected from disclosure under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of 
Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended).
    An applicant may wish to request confidentiality of business 
information because successful applications may be made available to 
the public, if requested.
    Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your 
application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure 
under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your 
application, under ``Other Attachments Form,'' please list the page 
number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional 
information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c).
    3. Intergovernmental Review: This program is subject to Executive 
Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about 
Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 
12372 is in the application package for this program.
    4. Funding Restrictions: We specify unallowable costs in 34 CFR 
606.10(c). We reference additional regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    5. Recommended Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, 
the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to 
evaluate your application. We recommend that you (1) limit the 
application narrative to no more than 55 pages for Individual 
Development Grants and (2) use the following standards:
     A ``page'' is 8.5'' x 11'', on one side only, with 1'' 
margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
     Double-space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) 
all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, 
footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in 
charts, tables, figures, and graphs.
     Use a font that is either 12 point or larger, and no 
smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch).
     Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, 
Courier New, or Arial.
    The recommended page limit applies to the Project Narrative, which 
is your complete response to the selection criteria, and your response 
to one of the competitive preference priorities (if applicable). 
However, the page limit does not apply to the Application for Federal 
Assistance form-SF-424; ED SF-424 Supplement form; Budget Information--
Non-Construction Programs form (ED 524); the assurances and 
certifications; the one-page project abstract, the program profile 
form, and supporting budget narrative.
    6. Notice of Intent To Apply: The Department will be able to review 
grant applications more efficiently if we know the approximate number 
of applicants that intend to apply. Therefore, we strongly encourage 
each potential applicant to notify us of their intent to submit an 
application. To do so, please email the program contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT with the subject line ``Intent to 
Apply,'' and include the applicant's name and a contact person's name 
and email address. Applicants that do not submit a notice of intent to 
apply may still apply for funding; applicants that do submit a notice 
of intent to apply are not bound to apply or bound by the information 
provided.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition 
are from 34 CFR 606.8, 34 CFR 606.22, and 34 CFR 75.210 and are as 
follows:
    (a) Quality of the applicant's comprehensive development plan. (Up 
to 25 points).
    The extent to which--
    (1) The strengths, weaknesses, and significant problems of the 
institution's academic programs, institutional management, and fiscal 
stability are clearly and comprehensively analyzed and result from a 
process that involved major constituencies of the institution; (up to 5 
points)
    (2) The goals for the institution's academic programs, 
institutional management, and fiscal stability are realistic and based 
on comprehensive analysis; (up to 5 points)
    (3) The objectives stated in the plan are measurable, related to 
institutional goals, and, if achieved, will contribute to the growth 
and self-sufficiency of the institution; and (up to 5 points)
    (4) The plan clearly and comprehensively describes the methods and 
resources the institution will use to institutionalize practice and 
improvements developed under the proposed project, including, in 
particular, how operational costs for personnel, maintenance, and 
upgrades of equipment will be paid with institutional resources. (Up to 
5 points)
    (5) The plan clearly and comprehensively describes the five-year 
plan to improve its services to Hispanic and other low-income students. 
(up to 5 points)
    (b) Quality of the project design. (up to 15 points)
    The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed 
project. In determining the quality of the design of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following:
    (1) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a 
rationale (as defined in this notice). (up to 5 points)
    (2) The extent to which the proposed project is supported by 
promising evidence (as defined in this notice). (up to 10 points)

    Note:  To establish that their projects ``demonstrate a 
rationale,'' applicants must use a logic model (as defined in this 
notice). To establish that their projects are supported by 
``promising evidence,'' applicants should cite the supporting study 
or studies that meets the conditions in the definition of 
``promising evidence'' and attach the studies as part of the 
application attachments. In addressing ``promising evidence,'' 
applicants are encouraged to align the direct student services 
proposed in this application to evidence-based practices identified 
in the selected studies.

    (c) Quality of activity objectives. (Up to 10 points)
    The extent to which the objectives for each activity are--
    (1) Realistic and defined in terms of measurable results; (up to 5 
points) and
    (2) Directly related to the problems to be solved and to the goals 
of the comprehensive development plan. (up to 5 points)
    (d) Quality of implementation strategy. (Up to 15 points)
    The extent to which--

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    (1) The implementation strategy for each activity is comprehensive; 
(up to 5 points)
    (2) The rationale for the implementation strategy for each activity 
is clearly described and is supported by the results of relevant 
studies or projects; (up to 5 points) and
    (3) The timetable for each activity is realistic and likely to be 
attained. (up to 5 points)
    (e) Quality of project management plan. (Up to 10 points)
    The extent to which--
    (1) Procedures for managing the project are likely to ensure 
efficient and effective project implementation; (up to 5 points) and
    (2) The project coordinator and activity directors have sufficient 
authority to conduct the project effectively, including access to the 
president or chief executive officer. (up to 5 points)
    (f) Quality of key personnel. (Up to 5 points)
    The extent to which--
    (1) The past experience and training of key professional personnel 
are directly related to the stated activity objectives; (up to 2 
points) and
    (2) The time commitment of key personnel is realistic. (up to 3 
points)
    (g) Quality of evaluation plan. (Up to 15 points)
    The extent to which--
    (1) The data elements and the data collection procedures are 
clearly described and appropriate to measure the attainment of activity 
objectives and to measure the success of the project in achieving the 
goals of the comprehensive development plan; (up to 5 points)
    (2) The data analysis procedures are clearly described and are 
likely to produce formative and summative results on attaining activity 
objectives and measuring the success of the project on achieving the 
goals of the comprehensive development plan; (up to 5 points) and
    (3) The evaluation will provide guidance about effective strategies 
suitable for replication or testing in other settings. (up to 5 points)
    (h) Budget. (up to 5 points)
    The extent to which the proposed costs are necessary and reasonable 
in relation to the project's objectives and scope.
    2. Review and Selection Process: We remind potential applicants 
that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, 
the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past 
performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as 
the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and 
compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider 
whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or 
submitted a report of unacceptable quality.
    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary 
requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department 
(34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    A panel of three non-Federal reviewers will review and score each 
application in accordance with the selection criteria in this notice, 
as well as the competitive preference priorities. A rank order funding 
slate will be made from this review. Awards will be made in rank order 
according to the average score received from the peer review.
    Tiebreaker: In tie-breaking situations for development grants 
described in 34 CFR 606.23(b), the DHSI Program regulations in 34 CFR 
part 606, subpart C require that we award additional points to an 
application from an IHE that--
    (1) Has an endowment fund of which the current market value, per 
full-time equivalent enrolled student, is less than the average current 
market value of the endowment funds, per full-time equivalent enrolled 
student, at comparable institutions that offer similar instruction;
    (2) Has expenditures for library materials per full-time equivalent 
enrolled student that are less than the average expenditures for 
library materials per full-time equivalent enrolled student at 
comparable institutions that offer similar instruction; or
    (3) Proposes to carry out one or more of the following activities--
    (i) Faculty development (1 point);
    (ii) Funds and administrative management (1 point);
    (iii) Development and improvement of academic programs (2 points);
    (iv) Acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening management 
and academic programs (1 point);
    (v) Joint use of facilities (2 points); or
    (vi) Student services (2 points).
    If a tie remains after applying the tiebreaker mechanism above, 
priority will be given to applicants that addressed the statutory 
priority found in section 521(d) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1071).
    If a tie still remains after applying the additional point(s) and 
the relevant statutory priority, we will determine the ranking of 
applicants based on the applicant that scores the highest under the 
selection criterion, quality of the applicant's comprehensive 
development plan, followed by quality of implementation strategy.
    3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.205, before awarding grants under this program, the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
3474.10, the Secretary may impose specific conditions and, in 
appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the 
applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of 
unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system 
that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not 
fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not 
responsible.
    4. Integrity and Performance System: If you are selected under this 
competition to receive an award that over the course of the project 
period may exceed the simplified acquisition threshold (currently 
$250,000), under 2 CFR 200.205(a)(2) we must make a judgment about your 
integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal 
awards--that is, the risk posed by you as an applicant--before we make 
an award. In doing so, we must consider any information about you that 
is in the integrity and performance system (currently referred to as 
the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System 
(FAPIIS)), accessible through the System for Award Management. You may 
review and comment on any information about yourself that a Federal 
agency previously entered and that is currently in FAPIIS.
    Please note that, if the total value of your currently active 
grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from the 
Federal Government exceeds $10,000,000, the reporting requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, require you to report certain integrity 
information to FAPIIS semiannually. Please review the requirements in 2 
CFR part 200, Appendix XII, if this grant plus all the other Federal 
funds you receive exceed $10,000,000.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your 
U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award 
Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to 
access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, 
also.
    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, 
we notify you.

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    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify 
administrative and national policy requirements in the application 
package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable 
Regulations section of this notice.
    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of 
an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and 
include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also 
incorporates your approved application as part of your binding 
commitments under the grant.
    3. Open Licensing Requirements: Unless an exception applies, if you 
are awarded a grant under this competition, you will be required to 
openly license to the public grant deliverables created in whole, or in 
part, with Department grant funds. When the deliverable consists of 
modifications to pre-existing works, the license extends only to those 
modifications that can be separately identified and only to the extent 
that open licensing is permitted under the terms of any licenses or 
other legal restrictions on the use of pre-existing works. 
Additionally, a grantee or subgrantee that is awarded competitive grant 
funds must have a plan to disseminate these public grant deliverables. 
This dissemination plan can be developed and submitted after your 
application has been reviewed and selected for funding. For additional 
information on the open licensing requirements please refer to 2 CFR 
3474.20.
    4. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, 
you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and 
systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 
should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply 
if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).
    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final 
performance report, including financial information, as directed by the 
Secretary. If you receive a multiyear award, you must submit an annual 
performance report that provides the most current performance and 
financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 
CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance 
reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, 
please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.
    (c) Under 34 CFR 75.250(b), the Secretary may provide a grantee 
with additional funding for data collection analysis and reporting. In 
this case the Secretary establishes a data collection period.
    5. Performance Measures: The Secretary has established the 
following key performance measures for assessing the effectiveness of 
the DHSI Program:
    (a) The annual rate of degree or certificate completion for all 
students, and specifically for Hispanic students, at DHSI grantee 
institutions.
    (b) The annual persistence rate at DHSI grantee institutions for 
all students, and for Hispanic students in particular, from one year to 
the next.
    (c) The percentage of all students, and of Hispanic students in 
particular, that transfer from a two-year HSI to a four-year 
institution.
    (d) The number of all students, and the number of Hispanic students 
in particular, served by any direct student service supported by the 
grant.
    (e) The Federal cost per undergraduate and graduate degree at 
institutions in the DHSI program.
    6. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR 
75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: Whether a grantee 
has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of 
the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is 
consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the 
Secretary has established performance measurement requirements, the 
performance targets in the grantee's approved application.
    In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers 
whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in 
its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil 
rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities 
receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

VII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format 
(e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to 
the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. You may 
access the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of 
Federal Regulations at www.govinfo.gov. At this site you can view this 
document, as well as all other documents of this Department published 
in the Federal Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To 
use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at 
the site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

    Dated: May 10, 2019.
Diane Auer Jones,
Principal Deputy Under Secretary, Delegated to Perform the Duties of 
Under Secretary and Assistant, Secretary for the Office of 
Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2019-10056 Filed 5-14-19; 8:45 am]
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