Applications for New Awards; Predominantly Black Institutions Competitive Grant Program, 26481-26486 [2021-10235]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 92 / Friday, May 14, 2021 / Notices Highway, Floor 12, San Diego, CA 92132–0058. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southwest, Attention: Ron Bochenek, Navy OTC Revitalization EIS Project Manager, 750 Pacific Highway, Floor 12, San Diego, CA 92132–0058, 888–682–6289, info@NAVWARrevitalization.com. You can also visit the project website at www.NAVWARrevitalization.com for more information. Individuals interested in receiving electronic project updates can subscribe on the project website to receive notifications via email for key milestones throughout the environmental planning process. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DON distributed the Draft EIS to Federal, state, and local agencies and officials, American Indian tribal governments, and other stakeholders. The Draft EIS and informational materials are available on the project website at www.NAVWAR-revitalization.com. The public may also review the Draft EIS and select materials at the following libraries: 1. Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library (215 West Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103) 2. Point Loma/Hervey Library (3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107) 3. San Diego Central Library (330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101) Comments on the Draft EIS can be submitted in the following ways: (1) Written comments submitted through the project website; (2) written comments mailed to the address in this notice; and (3) verbal comments provided at the virtual public meetings. All comments submitted during the 60-day public comment period will become part of the public record, and substantive comments will be considered in the development of the Final EIS. All comments must be postmarked or received online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on July 13, 2021. Federal, state, and local agencies and officials, American Indian tribal governments, and other interested organizations and individuals are encouraged to provide comments on the Draft EIS during the 60-day public comment period. Dated: May 7, 2021. K.R. Callan, Commander, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–10024 Filed 5–13–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 May 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 Applications for New Awards; Predominantly Black Institutions Competitive Grant Program Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Predominantly Black Institution Competitive (PBI–C) Grant Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.382A. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840–0797. DATES: Applications Available: May 14, 2021. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 28, 2021. Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 27, 2021. 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: Kelly Harris, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, room 2B207, Washington, DC 20202– 4260. Telephone: (202) 453–7346. Email: Kelly.Harris@ed.gov. Or Ashley Hillary, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 2C143, Washington, DC 20202– 4260. Telephone: (202) 453–7880. Email: Ashley.Hillary@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 I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the PBI Program is to strengthen Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to carry out programs in the following areas: science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM); health education; internationalization or globalization; teacher preparation; or improving educational outcomes of African American males. Background: Recent data suggests that the COVID–19 pandemic has created PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26481 mental health and academic challenges for Black or African American students. The psychological impact of an abrupt transition to continuing courses online caused some students to experience levels of stress, thus impacting their ability to perform as well academically. For example, according to a survey of more than 5,000 students conducted by the United Negro College Fund, half of the respondents wanted to return to normal with full on-campus classroom instruction; one third of respondents wanted some in-class instruction with some online courses and 17 percent of respondents thought it was best to have only online courses. Some 37 percent of all students who responded to the survey, and particularly women, said that their mental well-being had declined during the pandemic.1 According to the ‘‘Stay Informed’’ report published in March 2021 by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, Black undergraduate enrollment declined 6 percent from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 after declining 2 percent in the previous year. Black male enrollment dropped even further, by 9.7 percent from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 after falling by 3.5 percent the prior year.2 Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority, one competitive preference priority, and one invitational priority. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), the absolute priority is from section 371(b)(2)(C)(ii)(V) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), 20 U.S.C. 1067q(b)(2)(C)(ii)(V). The competitive preference priority is from the Notice of Final Administrative Priority and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2020 (85 FR 86545) (Remote Learning NFP). Absolute Priority: For FY 2021, and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Improving Educational Outcomes of African American Males Projects that propose to improve the educational outcomes of African American males. Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2021 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of 1 https://www.jbhe.com/2020/08/uncf-surveyshows-how-covid-19-impacts-students-at-privatehbcus/. 2 https://nscresearchcenter.org/stay-informed/. E:\FR\FM\14MYN1.SGM 14MYN1 26482 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 92 / Friday, May 14, 2021 / Notices unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award up to an additional four points to an application, depending on how well the application meets this priority. This priority is: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Building Capacity for Remote Learning (Up to 4 Points) Under this priority, an applicant must propose a project that is designed to provide personalized and job-embedded professional learning to build the capacity of educators to create remote learning experiences that advance student engagement and learning through effective use of technology (e.g., synchronous and asynchronous professional learning, professional learning networks or communities, and coaching). The remote learning environment must be accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as applicable. The remote learning environment must also provide appropriate remote learning language assistance services to English learners. Invitational Priority: For FY 2021, and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications. This priority is: Addressing the Impact of COVID–19 on Black or African American Students and Supporting Student Retention and Reengagement Projects proposing to provide integrated student support services (also known as wrap-around services) for Black or African American students to address mental health and academic support due to the COVID–19 pandemic. An applicant should describe in its application how it will coordinate and leverage resources to provide services and supports to students. Specifically, an applicant should describe how it will target resources to support students living in communities hit the hardest by COVID–19 through degree completion, using the evidencebased principle that education practices should be based on the best available scientific evidence, rather than tradition, personal judgement, or other influences. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 May 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 Definitions: The definitions below are from 34 CFR part 77.1 and the Remote Learning NFP. 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. 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 Regional Educational Laboratory Program’s (REL Pacific) Education Logic Model Application, available at https:// ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/ elm.asp, to help design their logic models. Other sources include: https://ies.ed.gov/ ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/pdf/REL_ 2014025.pdf, https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/ regions/pacific/pdf/REL_2014007.pdf, and https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/ northeast/pdf/REL_2015057.pdf. Moderate evidence means that there is evidence of effectiveness of a key project component in improving a relevant outcome for a sample that overlaps with the populations or settings proposed to receive that component, based on a relevant finding from one of the following: (i) A practice guide prepared by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks reporting a ‘‘strong evidence base’’ or ‘‘moderate evidence base’’ for the corresponding practice guide recommendation; (ii) An intervention report prepared by the WWC using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks reporting a ‘‘positive effect’’ or ‘‘potentially positive effect’’ on a relevant outcome based on a ‘‘medium to large’’ extent of evidence, with no reporting of a ‘‘negative effect’’ or ‘‘potentially negative effect’’ on a relevant outcome; or (iii) A single experimental study or quasi-experimental design study reviewed and reported by the WWC using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks, or otherwise assessed by the Department using version 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks, as appropriate, and that— (A) Meets WWC standards with or without reservations; (B) Includes at least one statistically significant and positive (i.e., favorable) effect on a relevant outcome; PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (C) Includes no overriding statistically significant and negative effects on relevant outcomes reported in the study or in a corresponding WWC intervention report prepared under version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks; and (D) Is based on a sample from more than one site (e.g., State, county, city, school district, or postsecondary campus) and includes at least 350 students or other individuals across sites. Multiple studies of the same project component that each meet requirements in paragraphs (iii)(A), (B), and (C) of this definition may together satisfy the requirement in this paragraph (iii)(D). 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 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 welldesigned 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. Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcome(s) the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the specific goals of the program. Remote learning means programming where at least part of the learning occurs away from the physical building in a manner that addresses a learner’s educational needs. Remote learning may include online, hybrid/blended learning, or non-technology-based E:\FR\FM\14MYN1.SGM 14MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 92 / Friday, May 14, 2021 / Notices learning (e.g., lab kits, project supplies, paper packets). Strong evidence means that there is evidence of the effectiveness of a key project component in improving a relevant outcome for a sample that overlaps with the populations and settings proposed to receive that component, based on a relevant finding from one of the following: (i) A practice guide prepared by the WWC using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks reporting a ‘‘strong evidence base’’ for the corresponding practice guide recommendation; (ii) An intervention report prepared by the WWC using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks reporting a ‘‘positive effect’’ on a relevant outcome based on a ‘‘medium to large’’ extent of evidence, with no reporting of a ‘‘negative effect’’ or ‘‘potentially negative effect’’ on a relevant outcome; or (iii) A single experimental study reviewed and reported by the WWC using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks, or otherwise assessed by the Department using version 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks, as appropriate, and that— (A) Meets WWC standards without reservations; (B) Includes at least one statistically significant and positive (i.e., favorable) effect on a relevant outcome; (C) Includes no overriding statistically significant and negative effects on relevant outcomes reported in the study or in a corresponding WWC intervention report prepared under version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks; and (D) Is based on a sample from more than one site (e.g., State, county, city, school district, or postsecondary campus) and includes at least 350 students or other individuals across sites. Multiple studies of the same project component that each meet requirements in paragraphs (iii)(A), (B), and (C) of this definition may together satisfy the requirement in this paragraph (iii)(D). Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1067q. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Note: Projects will be awarded and must be operated in a manner consistent with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in Federal civil rights laws. 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 Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 May 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform 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 Remote Learning NFP. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grants. Estimated Available Funds: $14,115,000. Estimated Range of Awards: $400,000–$600,000. Estimated Average Size of Awards: $564,600. Maximum Awards: We will not make an award exceeding $600,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Estimated Number of Awards: 25. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: To qualify as an eligible institution under the PBI–C Program, an institution of higher education (IHE) must— (a) Have an enrollment of needy students, as defined by section 371(c)(3) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1067q(c)(3)). The term enrollment of needy students means the enrollment at the eligible IHE with respect to which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate students enrolled in an academic program leading to a degree— (i) In the second fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which the determination is made, were Federal Pell Grant recipients for such year; (ii) Come from families that receive benefits under a means-tested Federal benefit program (as defined in section 371(c)(5) of the HEA, 20 U.S.C. 1067q(c)(5)); (iii) Attended a public or nonprofit private secondary school that— (A) Is in the school district of an LEA that was eligible for assistance under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. 6311 et seq.), for any year during which the student attended such secondary school; and (B) For the purpose of this paragraph and for that year, was determined by the Secretary (pursuant to regulations and after consultation with the State educational agency of the State in which the school is located) to be a school in which the enrollment of children counted under a measure of poverty described in section 1113(a)(5) of the PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26483 ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6313(a)(5)) exceeds 30 percent of the total enrollment of such school; or (iv) Are first-generation college students, as that term is defined in section 402A(h) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070a–11(h)), and a majority of such first-generation college students are lowincome individuals, as that term is defined in section 402A(h) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070a–11(h)); (b) Have an average educational and general expenditure that is low, per fulltime equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student, in comparison with the average educational and general expenditure per FTE undergraduate student of IHEs that offer similar instruction. The Secretary may waive this requirement, in accordance with section 392(b) of the HEA (20 U.S.C.1068a(b)), in the same manner as the Secretary applies the waiver requirements to grant applicants under section 312(b)(1)(B) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1058(b)(1)(B)); (c) Have an enrollment of undergraduate students— (i) That is at least 40 percent Black American students; (ii) That is at least 1,000 undergraduate students; (iii) Of which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate students enrolled at the institution are low-income individuals, as that term is defined in section 402A(h) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070a–11(h)), or first-generation college students, as that term is defined in section 402A(h) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070a–11(h)); and (iv) Of which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate students are enrolled in an educational program leading to a bachelor’s or associate’s degree that the institution is licensed to award by the State in which the institution is located; (d) Be legally authorized to provide, and provide, within the State an educational program for which the IHE awards a bachelor’s degree or, in the case of a junior or community college, an associate’s degree; (e) Be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered, or be, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation; and (f) Not be receiving assistance under part B of title III or part A of title V of the HEA or an annual authorization of appropriations under the Act of March 2, 1867 (20 U.S.C. 123). Note: The Department published a notice in the Federal Register on March 4, 2021 (86 E:\FR\FM\14MYN1.SGM 14MYN1 26484 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 92 / Friday, May 14, 2021 / Notices FR 12665) that described the process for applying for designation as an eligible institution and set a deadline for applications of April 5, 2021. On April 13, 2021, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register (86 FR 19231) reopening the process and extending the deadline for applications to April 16, 2021. Only institutions that submitted applications by the extended deadline date and that the Department determined are eligible will receive funding consideration under the PBI Program. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Applicants must provide, as an attachment to the application, the documentation the institution relied upon to determine that at least 40 percent of the institution’s undergraduate enrollment are Black American students. The 40 percent requirement applies only to undergraduate Black American students and is calculated based upon unduplicated undergraduate enrollment. Instructions for formatting and submitting the verification documentation are in the application package for this competition. 2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require cost sharing or matching. b. Administrative Cost Limitation: This program does not include any program-specific limitation on administrative expenses. All administrative expenses must be reasonable and necessary and conform to Cost Principles described in 2 CFR part 200 subpart E of the Uniform Guidance. 3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities described in its application. IV. Application 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. 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. 3. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 May 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 4. 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 40 pages and (2) use the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ × 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 does not apply to the cover sheet; the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract. However, the recommended page limit does apply to all of the application narrative. V. Application Review Information 1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are from 34 CFR 75.210. Applicants must address each of the following selection criteria. We will award up to 100 points to an application under the selection criteria and up to 4 additional points to an application under the competitive preference priority, for a total score of up to 104 points. The total possible points for each selection criterion are noted in parentheses. (a) Significance (Maximum 10 points). (1) The Secretary considers the significance of the proposed project. (2) In determining the significance of the proposed project, the Secretary considers: (i) The extent to which the proposed project is likely to build local capacity to provide, improve, or expand services that address the needs of the target population. (up to 5 points) (ii) The likelihood that the proposed project will result in system change or improvement. (up to 5 points) (b) Quality of the project design. (Maximum 25 points) (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the proposed project. (2) In determining the quality of the design of the proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (i) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable. (up to 10 points) (ii) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target population or other identified needs. (up to 10 points) (iii) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a rationale (as defined in this notice). (up to 5 points) (c) Quality of project services. (Maximum 20 points) (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the services to be provided by the proposed project. (2) In determining the quality of the services to be provided by the proposed project, the Secretary considers the quality and sufficiency of strategies for ensuring equal access and treatment for eligible project participants who are members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. (up to 5 points) (3) In addition, the Secretary considers: (i) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed project are appropriate to the needs of the intended recipients or beneficiaries of those services. (up to 5 points) (ii) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed project reflect up-to-date knowledge from research and effective practice. (up to 5 points) (iii) The likely impact of the services to be provided by the proposed project on the intended recipients of those services. (up to 5 points) (d) Quality of project personnel. (Maximum 10 points) (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the personnel who will carry out the proposed project. (2) In determining the quality of project personnel, the Secretary considers the extent to which the applicant encourages applications for employment from persons who are members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. (up to 5 points) (3) In addition, the Secretary considers: (i) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, of the project director or principal investigator. (up to 3 points) (ii) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, of key project personnel. (up to 2 points) E:\FR\FM\14MYN1.SGM 14MYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 92 / Friday, May 14, 2021 / Notices (e) Adequacy of resources. (Maximum 5 points) (1) The Secretary considers the adequacy of resources for the proposed project. (2) In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed project, the Secretary considers: (i) The extent to which the budget is adequate to support the proposed project. (up to 3 points) (ii) The extent to which the costs are reasonable in relation to the objectives, design, and potential significance of the proposed project. (up to 2 points) (f) Quality of the management plan. (Maximum 15 points) (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed project. (2) In determining the quality of the management plan for the proposed project, the Secretary considers: (i) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing project tasks. (up to 5 points) (ii) The adequacy of procedures for ensuring feedback and continuous improvement in the operation of the proposed project. (up to 5 points) (iii) The adequacy of mechanisms for ensuring high-quality products and services from the proposed project. (up to 5 points) (g) Quality of the project evaluation. (Maximum 15 points) (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of the proposed project. (2) In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary considers: (i) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and appropriate to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the proposed project. (up to 5 points) (ii) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and qualitative data to the extent possible. (up to 5 points) (iii) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward achieving intended outcomes. (up to 5 points) 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 May 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23). For this competition, a panel of nonFederal reviewers will review each application in accordance with the selection criteria. The individual scores of the reviewers will be added and the sum divided by the number of reviewers to determine the peer review score received in the review process. 3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 200.206, before awarding grants under this competition the Department conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 200.208, the Secretary may impose special conditions and, under 2 CFR 3474.10, 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 200.206(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 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26485 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. 5. In General: In accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department will review and consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice inviting applications in accordance with— (a) Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering results based on the program objectives through an objective process of evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR 200.205); (b) Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 115–232) (2 CFR 200.216); (c) Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States (2 CFR 200.322); and (d) Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest extent authorized by law if an award no longer effectuates the program goals or agency priorities (2 CFR 200.340). 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. 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 E:\FR\FM\14MYN1.SGM 14MYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 26486 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 92 / Friday, May 14, 2021 / Notices in whole, or in part, with Department grant funds. 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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Applications for New Awards; Predominantly Black Institutions 
Competitive Grant 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 for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the 
Predominantly Black Institution Competitive (PBI-C) Grant Program, 
Assistance Listing Number 84.382A. This notice relates to the approved 
information collection under OMB control number 1840-0797.

DATES: 
    Applications Available: May 14, 2021.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 28, 2021.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 27, 2021.

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: Kelly Harris, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, room 2B207, Washington, DC 20202-
4260. Telephone: (202) 453-7346. Email: [email protected].
    Or
    Ashley Hillary, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue 
SW, Room 2C143, Washington, DC 20202-4260. Telephone: (202) 453-7880. 
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 purpose of the PBI Program is to strengthen 
Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to carry out programs in the 
following areas: science, technology, engineering, or mathematics 
(STEM); health education; internationalization or globalization; 
teacher preparation; or improving educational outcomes of African 
American males.
    Background: Recent data suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has 
created mental health and academic challenges for Black or African 
American students. The psychological impact of an abrupt transition to 
continuing courses online caused some students to experience levels of 
stress, thus impacting their ability to perform as well academically. 
For example, according to a survey of more than 5,000 students 
conducted by the United Negro College Fund, half of the respondents 
wanted to return to normal with full on-campus classroom instruction; 
one third of respondents wanted some in-class instruction with some 
online courses and 17 percent of respondents thought it was best to 
have only online courses. Some 37 percent of all students who responded 
to the survey, and particularly women, said that their mental well-
being had declined during the pandemic.\1\ According to the ``Stay 
Informed'' report published in March 2021 by the National Student 
Clearinghouse Research Center, Black undergraduate enrollment declined 
6 percent from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 after declining 2 percent in 
the previous year. Black male enrollment dropped even further, by 9.7 
percent from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 after falling by 3.5 percent 
the prior year.\2\
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    Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority, one 
competitive preference priority, and one invitational priority. In 
accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(iv), the absolute priority is from 
section 371(b)(2)(C)(ii)(V) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as 
amended (HEA), 20 U.S.C. 1067q(b)(2)(C)(ii)(V). The competitive 
preference priority is from the Notice of Final Administrative Priority 
and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs, published in the 
Federal Register on December 30, 2020 (85 FR 86545) (Remote Learning 
NFP).
    Absolute Priority: For FY 2021, and any subsequent year in which we 
make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority.
    This priority is:

Improving Educational Outcomes of African American Males

    Projects that propose to improve the educational outcomes of 
African American males.
    Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2021 and any subsequent 
year in which we make awards from the list of

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unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is a 
competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award 
up to an additional four points to an application, depending on how 
well the application meets this priority.
    This priority is:

Building Capacity for Remote Learning (Up to 4 Points)

    Under this priority, an applicant must propose a project that is 
designed to provide personalized and job-embedded professional learning 
to build the capacity of educators to create remote learning 
experiences that advance student engagement and learning through 
effective use of technology (e.g., synchronous and asynchronous 
professional learning, professional learning networks or communities, 
and coaching).
    The remote learning environment must be accessible to individuals 
with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation 
Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as 
applicable. The remote learning environment must also provide 
appropriate remote learning language assistance services to English 
learners.
    Invitational Priority: For FY 2021, and any subsequent year in 
which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this 
competition, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 
75.105(c)(1), we do not give an application that meets this 
invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other 
applications.
    This priority is:

Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Black or African American Students 
and Supporting Student Retention and Reengagement

    Projects proposing to provide integrated student support services 
(also known as wrap-around services) for Black or African American 
students to address mental health and academic support due to the 
COVID-19 pandemic. An applicant should describe in its application how 
it will coordinate and leverage resources to provide services and 
supports to students. Specifically, an applicant should describe how it 
will target resources to support students living in communities hit the 
hardest by COVID-19 through degree completion, using the evidence-based 
principle that education practices should be based on the best 
available scientific evidence, rather than tradition, personal 
judgement, or other influences.
    Definitions: The definitions below are from 34 CFR part 77.1 and 
the Remote Learning NFP.
    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.
    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 Regional Educational Laboratory Program's (REL 
Pacific) Education Logic Model Application, available at https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/elm.asp, to help design their 
logic models. Other sources include: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/pdf/REL_2014025.pdf, https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/pacific/pdf/REL_2014007.pdf, and https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/northeast/pdf/REL_2015057.pdf.

    Moderate evidence means that there is evidence of effectiveness of 
a key project component in improving a relevant outcome for a sample 
that overlaps with the populations or settings proposed to receive that 
component, based on a relevant finding from one of the following:
    (i) A practice guide prepared by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) 
using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks reporting a 
``strong evidence base'' or ``moderate evidence base'' for the 
corresponding practice guide recommendation;
    (ii) An intervention report prepared by the WWC using version 2.1, 
3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks reporting a ``positive effect'' 
or ``potentially positive effect'' on a relevant outcome based on a 
``medium to large'' extent of evidence, with no reporting of a 
``negative effect'' or ``potentially negative effect'' on a relevant 
outcome; or
    (iii) A single experimental study or quasi-experimental design 
study reviewed and reported by the WWC using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 
4.1 of the WWC Handbooks, or otherwise assessed by the Department using 
version 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks, as appropriate, and that--
    (A) Meets WWC standards with or without reservations;
    (B) Includes at least one statistically significant and positive 
(i.e., favorable) effect on a relevant outcome;
    (C) Includes no overriding statistically significant and negative 
effects on relevant outcomes reported in the study or in a 
corresponding WWC intervention report prepared under version 2.1, 3.0, 
4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks; and
    (D) Is based on a sample from more than one site (e.g., State, 
county, city, school district, or postsecondary campus) and includes at 
least 350 students or other individuals across sites. Multiple studies 
of the same project component that each meet requirements in paragraphs 
(iii)(A), (B), and (C) of this definition may together satisfy the 
requirement in this paragraph (iii)(D).
    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 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.
    Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) or other outcome(s) 
the key project component is designed to improve, consistent with the 
specific goals of the program.
    Remote learning means programming where at least part of the 
learning occurs away from the physical building in a manner that 
addresses a learner's educational needs. Remote learning may include 
online, hybrid/blended learning, or non-technology-based

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learning (e.g., lab kits, project supplies, paper packets).
    Strong evidence means that there is evidence of the effectiveness 
of a key project component in improving a relevant outcome for a sample 
that overlaps with the populations and settings proposed to receive 
that component, based on a relevant finding from one of the following:
    (i) A practice guide prepared by the WWC using version 2.1, 3.0, 
4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks reporting a ``strong evidence base'' 
for the corresponding practice guide recommendation;
    (ii) An intervention report prepared by the WWC using version 2.1, 
3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks reporting a ``positive effect'' 
on a relevant outcome based on a ``medium to large'' extent of 
evidence, with no reporting of a ``negative effect'' or ``potentially 
negative effect'' on a relevant outcome; or
    (iii) A single experimental study reviewed and reported by the WWC 
using version 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks, or otherwise 
assessed by the Department using version 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks, as 
appropriate, and that--
    (A) Meets WWC standards without reservations;
    (B) Includes at least one statistically significant and positive 
(i.e., favorable) effect on a relevant outcome;
    (C) Includes no overriding statistically significant and negative 
effects on relevant outcomes reported in the study or in a 
corresponding WWC intervention report prepared under version 2.1, 3.0, 
4.0, or 4.1 of the WWC Handbooks; and
    (D) Is based on a sample from more than one site (e.g., State, 
county, city, school district, or postsecondary campus) and includes at 
least 350 students or other individuals across sites. Multiple studies 
of the same project component that each meet requirements in paragraphs 
(iii)(A), (B), and (C) of this definition may together satisfy the 
requirement in this paragraph (iii)(D).
    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1067q.

    Note: Projects will be awarded and must be operated in a manner 
consistent with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in 
Federal civil rights laws.


    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 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 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 Remote Learning NFP.

II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
    Estimated Available Funds: $14,115,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $400,000-$600,000.
    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $564,600.
    Maximum Awards: We will not make an award exceeding $600,000 for a 
single budget period of 12 months.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 25.

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

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: To qualify as an eligible institution under 
the PBI-C Program, an institution of higher education (IHE) must--
    (a) Have an enrollment of needy students, as defined by section 
371(c)(3) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1067q(c)(3)).
    The term enrollment of needy students means the enrollment at the 
eligible IHE with respect to which not less than 50 percent of the 
undergraduate students enrolled in an academic program leading to a 
degree--
    (i) In the second fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which 
the determination is made, were Federal Pell Grant recipients for such 
year;
    (ii) Come from families that receive benefits under a means-tested 
Federal benefit program (as defined in section 371(c)(5) of the HEA, 20 
U.S.C. 1067q(c)(5));
    (iii) Attended a public or nonprofit private secondary school 
that--
    (A) Is in the school district of an LEA that was eligible for 
assistance under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary 
Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) (20 U.S.C. 6311 et seq.), for 
any year during which the student attended such secondary school; and
    (B) For the purpose of this paragraph and for that year, was 
determined by the Secretary (pursuant to regulations and after 
consultation with the State educational agency of the State in which 
the school is located) to be a school in which the enrollment of 
children counted under a measure of poverty described in section 
1113(a)(5) of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6313(a)(5)) exceeds 30 percent of the 
total enrollment of such school; or
    (iv) Are first-generation college students, as that term is defined 
in section 402A(h) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070a-11(h)), and a majority 
of such first-generation college students are low-income individuals, 
as that term is defined in section 402A(h) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070a-
11(h));
    (b) Have an average educational and general expenditure that is 
low, per full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student, in 
comparison with the average educational and general expenditure per FTE 
undergraduate student of IHEs that offer similar instruction. The 
Secretary may waive this requirement, in accordance with section 392(b) 
of the HEA (20 U.S.C.1068a(b)), in the same manner as the Secretary 
applies the waiver requirements to grant applicants under section 
312(b)(1)(B) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1058(b)(1)(B));
    (c) Have an enrollment of undergraduate students--
    (i) That is at least 40 percent Black American students;
    (ii) That is at least 1,000 undergraduate students;
    (iii) Of which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate 
students enrolled at the institution are low-income individuals, as 
that term is defined in section 402A(h) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070a-
11(h)), or first-generation college students, as that term is defined 
in section 402A(h) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1070a-11(h)); and
    (iv) Of which not less than 50 percent of the undergraduate 
students are enrolled in an educational program leading to a bachelor's 
or associate's degree that the institution is licensed to award by the 
State in which the institution is located;
    (d) Be legally authorized to provide, and provide, within the State 
an educational program for which the IHE awards a bachelor's degree or, 
in the case of a junior or community college, an associate's degree;
    (e) Be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or 
association determined by the Secretary to be a reliable authority as 
to the quality of training offered, or be, according to such an agency 
or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation; and
    (f) Not be receiving assistance under part B of title III or part A 
of title V of the HEA or an annual authorization of appropriations 
under the Act of March 2, 1867 (20 U.S.C. 123).

    Note: The Department published a notice in the Federal Register 
on March 4, 2021 (86

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FR 12665) that described the process for applying for designation as 
an eligible institution and set a deadline for applications of April 
5, 2021. On April 13, 2021, the Department published a notice in the 
Federal Register (86 FR 19231) reopening the process and extending 
the deadline for applications to April 16, 2021. Only institutions 
that submitted applications by the extended deadline date and that 
the Department determined are eligible will receive funding 
consideration under the PBI Program.

    Applicants must provide, as an attachment to the application, the 
documentation the institution relied upon to determine that at least 40 
percent of the institution's undergraduate enrollment are Black 
American students. The 40 percent requirement applies only to 
undergraduate Black American students and is calculated based upon 
unduplicated undergraduate enrollment. Instructions for formatting and 
submitting the verification documentation are in the application 
package for this competition.
    2. a. Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require 
cost sharing or matching.
    b. Administrative Cost Limitation: This program does not include 
any program-specific limitation on administrative expenses. All 
administrative expenses must be reasonable and necessary and conform to 
Cost Principles described in 2 CFR part 200 subpart E of the Uniform 
Guidance.
    3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award 
subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities 
described in its application.

IV. Application 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. 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.
    3. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding 
restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.
    4. 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 40 pages 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 does not apply to the cover sheet; the 
budget section, including the narrative budget justification; the 
assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract. However, the 
recommended page limit does apply to all of the application narrative.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this program are 
from 34 CFR 75.210. Applicants must address each of the following 
selection criteria. We will award up to 100 points to an application 
under the selection criteria and up to 4 additional points to an 
application under the competitive preference priority, for a total 
score of up to 104 points. The total possible points for each selection 
criterion are noted in parentheses.
    (a) Significance (Maximum 10 points).
    (1) The Secretary considers the significance of the proposed 
project.
    (2) In determining the significance of the proposed project, the 
Secretary considers:
    (i) The extent to which the proposed project is likely to build 
local capacity to provide, improve, or expand services that address the 
needs of the target population. (up to 5 points)
    (ii) The likelihood that the proposed project will result in system 
change or improvement. (up to 5 points)
    (b) Quality of the project design. (Maximum 25 points)
    (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the design of the 
proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the design of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable. 
(up to 10 points)
    (ii) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is 
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target 
population or other identified needs. (up to 10 points)
    (iii) The extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a 
rationale (as defined in this notice). (up to 5 points)
    (c) Quality of project services. (Maximum 20 points)
    (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the services to be 
provided by the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the services to be provided by 
the proposed project, the Secretary considers the quality and 
sufficiency of strategies for ensuring equal access and treatment for 
eligible project participants who are members of groups that have 
traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or disability. (up to 5 points)
    (3) In addition, the Secretary considers:
    (i) The extent to which the services to be provided by the proposed 
project are appropriate to the needs of the intended recipients or 
beneficiaries of those services. (up to 5 points)
    (ii) The extent to which the services to be provided by the 
proposed project reflect up-to-date knowledge from research and 
effective practice. (up to 5 points)
    (iii) The likely impact of the services to be provided by the 
proposed project on the intended recipients of those services. (up to 5 
points)
    (d) Quality of project personnel. (Maximum 10 points)
    (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the personnel who will 
carry out the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of project personnel, the Secretary 
considers the extent to which the applicant encourages applications for 
employment from persons who are members of groups that have 
traditionally been underrepresented based on race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or disability. (up to 5 points)
    (3) In addition, the Secretary considers:
    (i) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of the project director or principal investigator. (up to 3 points)
    (ii) The qualifications, including relevant training and 
experience, of key project personnel. (up to 2 points)

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    (e) Adequacy of resources. (Maximum 5 points)
    (1) The Secretary considers the adequacy of resources for the 
proposed project.
    (2) In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers:
    (i) The extent to which the budget is adequate to support the 
proposed project. (up to 3 points)
    (ii) The extent to which the costs are reasonable in relation to 
the objectives, design, and potential significance of the proposed 
project. (up to 2 points)
    (f) Quality of the management plan. (Maximum 15 points)
    (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the management plan for 
the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the management plan for the 
proposed project, the Secretary considers:
    (i) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks. (up to 5 points)
    (ii) The adequacy of procedures for ensuring feedback and 
continuous improvement in the operation of the proposed project. (up to 
5 points)
    (iii) The adequacy of mechanisms for ensuring high-quality products 
and services from the proposed project. (up to 5 points)
    (g) Quality of the project evaluation. (Maximum 15 points)
    (1) The Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be 
conducted of the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary 
considers:
    (i) The extent to which the methods of evaluation are thorough, 
feasible, and appropriate to the goals, objectives, and outcomes of the 
proposed project.
    (up to 5 points)
    (ii) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use 
of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the 
intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and 
qualitative data to the extent possible. (up to 5 points)
    (iii) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will provide 
performance feedback and permit periodic assessment of progress toward 
achieving intended outcomes. (up to 5 points)
    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 
also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal 
civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or 
activities receiving Federal assistance from the Department (34 CFR 
100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).
    For this competition, a panel of non-Federal reviewers will review 
each application in accordance with the selection criteria. The 
individual scores of the reviewers will be added and the sum divided by 
the number of reviewers to determine the peer review score received in 
the review process.
    3. Risk Assessment and Specific Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 
200.206, before awarding grants under this competition the Department 
conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 
200.208, the Secretary may impose special conditions and, under 2 CFR 
3474.10, 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 200.206(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.
    5. In General: In accordance with the Office of Management and 
Budget's guidance located at 2 CFR part 200, all applicable Federal 
laws, and relevant Executive guidance, the Department will review and 
consider applications for funding pursuant to this notice inviting 
applications in accordance with--
    (a) Selecting recipients most likely to be successful in delivering 
results based on the program objectives through an objective process of 
evaluating Federal award applications (2 CFR 200.205);
    (b) Prohibiting the purchase of certain telecommunication and video 
surveillance services or equipment in alignment with section 889 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) (2 CFR 
200.216);
    (c) Providing a preference, to the extent permitted by law, to 
maximize use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United 
States (2 CFR 200.322); and
    (d) Terminating agreements in whole or in part to the greatest 
extent authorized by law if an award no longer effectuates the program 
goals or agency priorities (2 CFR 200.340).

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.
    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

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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.
    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 PBI Program for purposes of the Government Performance and Results 
Act of 1993 (GPRA):
    (a) The percentage of change in the number of full-time, degree-
seeking undergraduate students enrolled at PBIs.
    (b) The percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking 
undergraduate students at four-year PBIs who were in their first year 
of postsecondary enrollment in the previous year and are enrolled in 
the current year at the same four-year PBI.
    (c) The percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking 
undergraduate students at two-year PBIs who were in their first year of 
postsecondary enrollment in the previous year and are enrolled in the 
current year at the same two-year PBI.
    (d) The percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking 
undergraduate students enrolled at four-year PBIs who graduate within 
six years of enrollment.
    (e) The percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking 
undergraduate students enrolled at two-year PBIs who graduate within 
three years of enrollment.
    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 management requirements, the 
performance targets in the grantee's approved application.
    In making a continuation grant, 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: On request to the program contact persons listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, individuals with disabilities 
can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an 
accessible format. The Department will provide the requestor with an 
accessible format that may include Rich Text Format (RTF) or text 
format (txt), a thumb drive, an MP3 file, braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc, or other accessible format.
    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 Adobe Portable Document Format 
(PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is 
available free at this 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 feature at 
this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the 
Department.

Michelle Asha Cooper,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
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