Education:

The National Institute of Education Should Further Increase Minority and Female Participation in Its Activities

HRD-81-3: Published: Nov 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1980.

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The National Institute of Education (NIE) has undertaken a number of projects to increase the participation of minorities and women in its activities. These projects include the unsolicited proposal program, the small and disadvantaged business utilization program, the minorities' and women's program, and the black college initiatives program. These efforts are designed to increase awareness in NIE programs and to provide greater opportunities for minorities and women to participate.

The NIE equal employment opportunity (EEO) profile has improved since 1973. Its minority and female workforce is generally representative, or in some cases overrepresentative, of the general U.S. population. The unsolicited proposal program has not significantly increased the number of NIE-funded, minority- and women-managed projects. NIE has initiated steps to increase minority and female participation in its programs. Although some of these efforts have started to show improvements, the effectiveness of these measures depends largely on how much attention and funding are devoted to them.

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  • Review Pending-GAO has not yet assessed implementation status.
  • Open-Actions to satisfy the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-implemented-Actions that satisfy the intent of the recommendation have been taken.
  • Closed-not implemented-While the intent of the recommendation has not been satisfied, time or circumstances have rendered the recommendation invalid.
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    • Closed - implemented
    • Closed - not implemented

    Recommendations for Executive Action

    Recommendation: The Director of NIE should finalize the actions proposed to modify the evaluation criteria, modify the evaluation process, and try to increase the number of qualified minority and women applicants to the unsolicited proposal program.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education: National Institute of Education

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of NIE should reemphasize NIE's support for its outreach efforts to increase minorities' and women's participation in NIE activities.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education: National Institute of Education

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of NIE should allocate additional resources to SADBUP so that its outreach, advocacy, and monitoring functions can be effectively implemented.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education: National Institute of Education

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of NIE should direct the EEO office to ensure that the laboratories and centers are aware of and exercise their EEO responsibilities.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education: National Institute of Education

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of NIE should establish goals for the number of minorities and women to participate in the program.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education: National Institute of Education

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of NIE should aggressively enforce the EEO and equity conditions of the long-term agreements.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education: National Institute of Education

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of NIE should monitor laboratory and center progress in achieving these goals.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education: National Institute of Education

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director of NIE should develop, in conjunction with the laboratories and centers, specific goals and timetables for the adequate representation of minorities and women at each institution.

    Agency Affected: Department of Education: National Institute of Education

    Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

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